“Plea Bargaining in America: An Overview & Conversation”

Watch the video “Plea Bargaining in America: An Overview & Conversation” and answer the following questions. Be sure to support your answers with information from the text/course material.

“Plea Bargaining in America: An Overview & Conversation”

Plea Bargaining
Watch the video “Plea Bargaining in America: An Overview & Conversation” and answer the following questions. Be sure to support your answers with information from the text/course material.

Youtube Video
https://youtu.be/agoN6SsSnfo

Based on what you have read and watched in the video, do you agree with the plea-bargaining process? Why or why not?

Please include citations from youtube video as well.

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Plea Bargaining in America: An Overview & Conversation [POLICYbrief]

Even though over 95% of criminal cases now end in plea bargains instead of going to a jury trial, the concept of a plea bargain isn’t mentioned in the Constitution and would have been foreign to our founders. What should we make of this dramatic change in the criminal justice system? Are plea bargains a boon for defendants and necessary for efficiency? Or are they “coercive,” depriving defendants of their right to a jury trial?

Two experts, Jay Schweikert of the Cato Institute and Timothy Sandefur of the Goldwater Institute, discuss the rise of plea bargaining in the second video of a POLICYbrief series on criminal justice.

As always, the Federalist Society takes no particular legal or public policy positions. All opinions expressed are those of the speakers.

Learn more about Jay Schweikert:
https://www.cato.org/people/jay-schweikert

Follow Jay Schweikert @jay_schweikert
https://twitter.com/@jay_schweikert 

Learn more about Timothy Sandefur:
https://goldwaterinstitute.org/team/timothy-sandefur/

Follow Timothy Sandefur @TimothySandefur
https://twitter.com/@TimothySandefur

Differing Views & Related Links:

Cato Institute: “The Devil’s Bargain: How Plea Agreements, Never Contemplated by the Framers, Undermine Justice”
https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/devils-bargain-how-plea-agreements-never-contemplated-framers-undermine-justice 

The New York Review of Books: “Why Innocent People Plead Guilty”
https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2014/11/20/why-innocent-people-plead-guilty/

Nolo: “The Benefits of a Plea Bargain”
https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/the-benefits-plea-bargain.html

APG Media of Wisconsin: “Plea bargains crucial to efficient court system”
http://www.apg-wi.com/plea-bargains-crucial-to-efficient-court-system/article_c73f2715-fbb7-5c89-953f-b135b0aa257d.html

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