Plea Bargaining Appropriateness
Despite thousands of arrests and criminal charges being filed annually, very few result in trials. Most cases get settled out of court, sometimes because people plead guilty or because prosecutors drop charges. Plea bargaining is another reason for cases not going to trial. Defendants may agree to plead guilty to lesser charges in exchange for reduced sentences. While plea bargaining frees up time for the courts, both liberal and conservative critics have complained about this process because it is either too harsh or not harsh enough.
In what circumstances do you believe plea bargaining is most appropriate? When do you oppose this practice? Be as specific as possible in answering these questions and be sure to explain why you think the way you d