The Plea


Nearly 95% of all cases resulting in felony convictions never reach a jury.  They are  settled through plea bargains in which a defendant agrees to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence. But what are the implications of a system that relies on pleas to expedite justice?
confronting the plea: four stories
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introduction
frequently asked questions

What are the pros and cons of pleas? What's behind their rampant growth? What is probation? Can a guilty plea later be withdrawn? Can the system be fixed?...

interviews

Defense attorneys, legal scholars and a judge discuss the moral, judicial and constitutional implications of a justice system that so heavily relies on plea bargains.

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