To further your thinking about the assigned readings regarding the court system, a discussion question is provided below. First, compose a minimum of 100 words in response to the questions. Second, save the work to your hard drive, and then, post your response here in Canvas. Next, read the responses provided by your classmates and compose a 100-word minimum critical response to 1 classmate's post.
The majority of criminal cases in the United States do not make it to trial. Rather, the finality of these cases are often reached through plea negotiations between the prosecutor and the defense. The practice has been considered to be rather controversial because defendants must plead guilty in order to receive reduced sentences. Alternatively, defendants may not receive effective legal representation when their cases are plead out, which may be a violation of our Sixth Amendment rights.
Please answer, for whom does plea bargaining benefit? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this practice? In spite of the numerous backlogged criminal cases in the justice system, should we continue to utilize this practice?
Finally, if you pull additional information from a source (internet, book, article, journal article) to develop your response, please be sure to cite it appropriately in APA format. Below is an example to follow for a journal article. This includes the authors' names, year of publication, title of the article, the name of the journal in italics, the volume number of the journal in italics, and the issue number in parentheses, followed by the page number range:
Journal article example:
Sampson, R. J., & Laub, J. H. (2005). A life-course view of the development of crime. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 602(1), 12-45.
Web Document or Report example:
Kaste, M. (January, 2016). California cops frustrated with “Catch-and-Release” crime fighting. Retrieved from: https://www.npr.org/2016/01/22/463210910/california-cops-frustrated-with-catch-and-release-crime-fightin (Links to an external site.)