In Chapter 4, the issue of plea bargaining is discussed. Some argue that plea bargaining is necessary to assist the courts in flushing cases out of a crowded system and clearing a court backlog or docket. Others argue that plea bargaining “let’s criminals off easy” and does not give offenders the punishment they deserve. Still others argue that plea bargaining undermines due process leaving offenders with little choice other than take their chances with a jury. Identify one advantage and one disadvantage of plea bargaining in the court system. Briefly provide your view on whether plea bargaining should be abolished? or kept? Identify an alternative to plea bargaining that you feel could be attempted?
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