The Plea Bargaining Blog is dedicated to scholarship, articles and news regarding plea bargaining in criminal cases in the United States and around the world. On average, 95% of all criminal cases are resolved through plea bargains. As such, it is an integral part of the criminal justice system worthy of continuous examination and discussion. The purpose of this blog is to further our understanding of the plea bargaining machine and its role in the criminal justice system.
Last Week Tonight Discusses Plea Bargaining
Below is a link to an excellent piece that appeared last night on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The show has been focusing a lot on criminal justice issues lately. This particular piece on public defenders includes discussion of plea bargaining and innocence, including the story of Erma Faye Stewart.
Hopefully, the show will soon have a piece devoted exclusively to the plea bargaining issue.
According to the Korea Times , South Korea is considering implementation of a plea bargaining system, and the lead prosecutor has stated that the system would initially be utilized for corruption cases. If these plans move forward, this will offer a unique opportunity to observe a criminal justice system's implementation of plea bargaining from the beginning. The prosecution is seeking to adopt plea-bargaining for corruption cases. Prosecutor General Lim Chae-jin stressed the importance of criminal law reform, including the introduction of a plea bargaining system, at the prosecution's 60th anniversary ceremony held in southern Seoul, Friday. "It is time for Korea's judiciary to adopt plea-bargaining to a limited extent, such as in bribery cases, in order to effectively punish corruption, which is getting more complex,'' Lim said. Plea-bargaining is an agreement whereby the prosecution offers a lighter punishment to a criminal suspect in exchange for admitting
Readers of this blog will be interested to listen to the recently released podcast from The Pursuit entitled "Pressured to Plead Guilty." In the podcast, I offer thoughts on the role of plea bargaining in the modern American criminal justice system. The podcast also features Clark Neily (Vice President for Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute), Kevin Ring (President of Families Against Mandatory Minimums), and Molly Gill (Vice President of Policy at Families Against Mandatory Minimums). The podcast does a wonderful job of weaving together policy considerations and the history of plea bargaining with the story of Kevin Ring's difficult decision whether to take a plea deal in return for a significant offer of leniency. Thank you to Landry Ayres and the Cato Institute for putting together such an informative and engaging discussion of plea bargaining. It was an honor to appear on the program. As I said in my closing thoughts during the podcast, "[W]e think