Assignment 5 - Assignment#5 CRJS 222 Prof Hoofnagle Jeremy...

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Assignment #5 CRJS 222 Prof. Hoofnagle Jeremy Ocheltree 3/28/08 To me, plea bargaining is an essential part of the criminal justice system. As an aspiring law student, I see plea bargains (for the truly guilty) as a speedier way through the system, with a sentence I can determine to fall somewhere in the “going rate.” (Samaha 342) Without plea bargaining, the entire system merely faces more work, causing more stress. Banning plea bargains doesnot affect the conviction rate of criminals. Simply allowing the act of plea bargaining promotes employees of our criminal justicesystem to build rapport at the workplace. The most important factor(s) of plea bargaining is/are to keep the innocent out of a guilty plea to avoid conviction while minimizing the number of cases that actually make it to trial. At the end of the day, the majority of insiders and outsiders of the system benefit from its use. Formally introduced in 1971, plea bargaining was enacted througha statement given by Chief Justice Burgers. (Samaha 349) Foreseeing the controversy that lay ahead, it was made clear that by agreeing to a guilty plea, a defendant understands that he/she voluntarily gives up
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