Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Weaponization of Plea Bargain Offers - Mayor Kelly

An interesting opinion piece regarding plea bargaining appeared on NJ.com recently. The article, authored by the Mayor of the City of Bridgeton, NJ, discusses plea bargaining and innocence.  The piece begins:
In a previous column, I expressed appreciation for the work done on bail reform in New Jersey. My support for the switch to a largely non-monetary bail system comes from what I have seen of the impact on people's lives. No longer do people have to sit in jail only because they don't have the money for cash bail. Bail reform is a good foundational step, but is reform is needed in other areas.

One such area is plea bargains. I honestly never gave plea agreements much thought until an acquaintance shared an article from The Atlantic's September edition, "Innocence is Irrelevant" by Emily Yoffe.
You can read the rest of the opinion piece by Mayor Albert B. Kelly here.  

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