New York Times Article re Plea Bargaining and Over-Incarceration
District attorneys and their assistants have gotten a lot more aggressive in bringing felony charges. Twenty years ago they brought felony charges against about one in three arrestees. Now it’s something like two in three. That produces a lot more plea bargains and a lot more prison terms.
Brook's piece also references a recent documentary on Angola prison, entitled "Angola for Life." It's an interesting documentary that explores an infamous prison that has gone through many transformations over the years.