The House Judiciary Committee introduced five bills this year in a bipartisan effort to reform America’s criminal-justice system. With incarceration rates in the U.S. five- to 10-times higher than Western Europe and other democracies, the bills aim to provide sensible reforms such as rewriting mandatory-sentencing statutes. Yet none directly addresses plea-bargaining, a practice that induces too many defendants to plead guilty to avoid what has come to be known as the trial penalty.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Prof. Dervan's New WSJ Opinion Piece - Plea Bargaining and the Trial Penalty
I'm pleased to let my readers know that tomorrow morning's Wall Street Journal will include an opinion piece I wrote regarding plea bargaining and the trial penalty. The article is entitled "The Injustice of the Plea-Bargaining System."
Below is the introductory paragraph.
The entire piece is available here.