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Plea Bargaining CJA/224




Various thriving criminal prosecutions in the United States do not at all times end with jury or judge trials, but with plea bargains. Approximately 90% of criminal cases in American criminal justice system are handled by plea bargains. Plea bargains are contracts among defendants and prosecutors where defendants decide to plead guilty to some or all the charges against them trade for reductions from the prosecutors. These contracts let prosecutors give their time and means on other cases, and limit the amount of trials that judges need to manage. With plea bargains, prosecutors are more than likely to agree to lessen the defendant?s penalty. Prosecutors are able to achieve this by lessening the amount or the harshness of the charges against defendants. Some may agree to propose that defendants be given reduced sentences.;There are three types of plea bargains that are generally used by prosecutors, charge bargaining, sentence bargaining and fact bargaining (Plea Bargains: In Depth, 2014). Charge bargaining, the majority frequent type of plea bargaining, where defendants decides to plead guilty to a reduced charge given the original charge will be dismissed. A common type of charge bargaining would be agreeing to plead


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