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Publication

Plea bargaining and racial injustice

Information Sheet

December 20, 2021
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Racial disparities are entrenched in many stages of the United States' criminal legal system; from arrests and charges, to convictions and sentencing. Plea bargaining is no exception. Racial discrimination taints the process from discriminatory policing, to the disparate impact of aggravating factors and mandatory minimums.

This information sheet explores how plea bargaining fuels racial injustice and examines how plea bargaining reform would contribute to reforming racial injustice.

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 last of which addresses plea bargaining and racial injustice. Watch it here

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

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