Chapter 6 – Coursework Example
Pros and Cons of Plea Bargaining: Plea bargaining is essential to administrate justice. It has become an essential part of the system because it is hard to accommodate too many criminals without the presence of too many prosecutors. It helps the prosecution to deal with a busy caseload in an easier way due to limited resources available to district attorneys. It gets easier for district attorneys to deal with the low profile cases for a bargain. Plea bargain benefits all the groups in a courtroom in disposing low profile cases. It helps them to overcome their resource constraints and to save their time (John L. Worrall, p.122).
There are some disadvantages to plea bargaining. The prosecutor can ask for the maximum plea even for the weakest cases. Plea bargaining may lead to an unjustified sentencing of the accuser even if the person is innocent. As a result, the accused then have to rely on the decision which is then made; it could be anything. Plea bargaining exerts enormous pressure on the accused (John L. Worrall, p. 124).
If feasible, plea bargains should be banned in our system because it may favour the ones who are guilty but proved innocent and may go against a person who is innocent but proved guilty. I personally believe, it is ethically wrong which is harming the criminal justice system and favouring the defendant to get rid of the sentence and punishment. I also believe that plea bargains should be limited in order to maintain a smooth criminal justice and punishment system. It should ensure justice to the victim without allowing lesser punishment to the defendant. Prosecutors should emphasize on investigating the factual information available to them and then making a decision on the basis of that information. As a result, it would help in removing the criminal activities from the streets even it is temporarily.
John L. Worrall. Crime Control in America: What Works. 2nd Ed. Prentice Hall, 2008 (p. 122-126)