Plea bargaining is an effective alternative process to not locking someone up for a minor offense. However, I do feel that more time should be placed on rather or not to offer a plea deal when it could ultimately cause a defendant a heard ship later or in their current life situations. In the article provided “Innocence Is Irrelevant”. When Emily Yoffe visited the courtrooms where the three prosecutors Todoran, Casey, and Greer making deals while reading through the police reports they were able to make decisions on rather give a plea deal in less than a minute.
These quick decisions for someone who needs to get back to work so they will not lose their job this is very important. Even if they’re innocent and choose not to fight the charges. Some are breadwinners in the home and unfortunately could be one paycheck away from being homeless.
Plea bargains allow a prosecutor, public defense attorney, and private attorney to spend less time on a case as they normally have a very huge case workload. They are also beneficial to the judge. With the acceptance of it produces less risk of a ruling being overturned on an appeal.
Meyer, J. F. (2022, June 5). Benefits of plea bargaining. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved January 25, 2023, from https://www.britannica.com/topic/plea-bargaining/Benefits-of-plea-bargaining
Yoffe, E. (2017, September). “Innocence is irrelevant.” The Atlantic. Retrieved from https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/innocence-is-irrelevant/534171/
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