Plea Bargaining and Mass Incarceration


The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. Overcriminalisation means courts have too many cases to try so plea bargaining has become a convenient mechanism for mass adjudication.

Watch Premal Dharia, Executive Director of the Institute to end Mass Incarceration and Fair Trials’ Rebecca Shaeffer explain why plea bargaining has become both a facilitator and driver of mass incarceration. Directed by Ambika Samarthya-Howard

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