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Plea Bargaining -- effective and efficient?

Is the plea bargaining process is effective and efficient?  Explain.

 

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Plea bargaining is efficient in that it does reduce costs.  However, it can be seen as unjust.  It allows people who are guilty of one crime to get a reduced sentence by plea bargaining to a lesser crime.  It can induce people who might be found innocent to plead guilty.  Either way, it is arguably unjust and we are giving up some degree of justice in exchange for lower costs.

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I think that the plea bargain process is more effective in cases where it is obvious someone is guilty, and you can avoid the cost of a trial.  Trials are expensive and time consuming.  The plea bargain process is not effective when it is used to browbeat a suspect into confessing.

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