The Objectives Of The Criminal Legal System Essay
Justice in the United States is granted mostly through plea bargaining. In fact, criminal trials are actually relatively rare events; and plea bargaining has become the routine. About 95% of all convictions in felony cases are the result of guilty pleas. (Bohm & Haley, 2014)
There are three basic types of plea bargains. First, pleading guilty to a lesser offense. Second, pleading guilty in order to receive a lighter sentence than would typically be given for the crime. Third, pleading guilty to one charge in return for the prosecutor’s promise to drop other charges that could be brought. (Bohm & Haley, 2014) A guilty plea generally results in either no prison sentence or a lesser prison sentence.
Although many state legislatures give crime victims the right to consult with prosecutors concerning plea bargains, few include enforcement provisions in the laws to ensure compliance. A few states have attempted to hold prosecutors accountable for…