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A Review of the Research on Plea Bargaining: Vera Institute of Justice

Source: Vera Institute of Justice

“Plea bargaining is more a part of the American justice system than the formal trial and, in fact, makes up the vast majority of criminal justice transactions today. Only 2 percent of federal criminal cases—and a similar number of state cases—are brought to trial. More than 90 percent of convictions, at both federal and state levels, are the result of guilty pleas.” — In the Shadows: A Review of the Research on Plea Bargaining.

By: Ram Subramanian, Léon Digard, Melvin Washington II, and Stephanie Sorage

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