2 - 2. Advantages of plea-bargaining are plea-bargaining...

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2. Advantages of plea-bargaining are plea-bargaining leads to the prompt and largely final disposition of most criminal cases. Plea-bargaining reduces the time that pretrial detainees must spend in jail. If they plead guilty to serious charges, they can be moved to prisons with recreational and educational programs instead of enduring the enforced idleness of jails. By disposing of cases more quickly than trials would, plea-bargaining reduces the amount of time that released suspects spend free on bail. Therefore, the public is better protected from crimes that such suspects may commit while on pretrial release. Offenders who plead guilty to serious charges can move more quickly into prison, counseling, training, and education programs designed to rehabilitate offenders. If a defendant accepts a plea than they can know what the punishment will not have to wait for a judge to determine. Disadvantages of plea-bargaining are a suspect may get away with one crime by accepting a guilty plea on a lesser crime. A person could in fact get
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course ADM J 111 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '06 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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