Offering “Plea Bargains” Is Actually a Horrible Government Practice


eugenedw's picture

From the article: “Plea bargains are extraordinarily common in the American legal system, accounting for roughly 90% of all criminal cases."

In other words, in 90% of America's criminal cases, people are convicted without the case ever having actually gone to trial.

I would suggest to people to be very careful indeed about accepting plea bargains. They are a handy tool for law enforcement to increase their conviction rates, and little more.