I would like to help today and donate

Next
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Next
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
CLOSE
Publication

Plea bargaining and mass incarceration

December 3, 2021 - plea bargaining
Download PDF

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. 

This info sheet analyses why plea bargaining has become both a facilitator and a driver of mass incarceration and explains why restoring due process could help to slow the rush to mass convictions. 

As part of our campaign to reduce the over-reliance on plea bargaining in the US, we have also produced a series of films, the first of which address the relationship between plea bargaining and mass incarceration, click here to watch it.

If you are a journalist interested in this story, please call the media team on +44 (0) 7749 785 932 or email [email protected]

Keep up to date

Receive updates on our work and news about Fair Trials globally

Some activities in the following sections on this website are funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme (2014-2020): Legal Experts Advisory Panel, Defence Rights Map, Case Law Database, Advice Guides, Resources, Campaigns, Publications, News and Events. This content represents the views of the authors only and is their sole responsibility. It cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.