Plea Bargaining Process
The plea bargaining process is very important to the criminal justice system because without it the criminal justice system would grind to a halt. Plea-bargaining is important because if every case went to a trial it would take years for criminals to get from the time of arrest till the time of trial. The video we saw showed an example of how the process works to get criminals who plea guilty to committing minor crimes through the system faster so that the courts can concentrate on those criminals who commit major crimes. In this video you can see some of the variables that enter into the plea-bargaining system and how they can be fair and unfair to the parties involved. You can see the quality of legal representation provided by the public defenders office and how they have the discretion to what happens to these criminals. And we can explore options to improve the system to operate more smoothly and provide better justice to the criminals for the community.
In this video we saw a few cases in which people committed crimes including public drunkenness, prostitution, and even a guy who was doing push-ups in the train tracks which caused a train to stop. In all cases the criminals were career criminals who have been in and out of trouble for years and in all cases they plead guilty and received little or no jail time. While you might think this is good for the criminals and they should be happy about their sentences it is not good. These criminals suffer from many problems, are in some cases homeless, and they are in need of desperate help. They last place they want to be or should be is back on the streets. There are few variables that cause public defenders and prosecutors to come to the bargains that they do and a very big reason is that jails are overcrowded and can't handle the volume of people that commit crimes. So in that case if someone doesn't commit a very serious crime most often they will return to the streets...
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