Plea Bargaining in American Society
Introduction Plea bargaining plays a very significant role in the American criminal justice system. It is estimated that approximately 90% of all criminal cases are settled by plea bargain rather than trial by a jury as guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment to the United State Constitution. Throughout this paper, I will discuss what a plea bargain is, benefits of plea bargains, disadvantages of plea bargains, the role of the victim in the plea bargaining process, and recent developments in plea bargaining.
What is Plea Bargaining?
In the American court system, a plea bargain is an agreement between the prosecutor and the defendant in a criminal case in ...