Plea Bargaining


In the United States, the plea bargain is used to a far greater extent than in any other country. Basically, it lets a criminal defendant, in a deal with the prosecution, plea guilty, in exchange for the prosecutor seeking less than the maximum penalty, or dropping some of the more serious charges.

But there are concerns that plea bargains are overused, sometimes compelling innocent people to feel that they have no choice but to plea guilty to crimes they did not commit.

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