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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice (4th edn)

Andrew Sanders, Richard Young, and Mandy Burton
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date: 03 December 2021

8. The mass production of guilty pleaslocked

8. The mass production of guilty pleaslocked

  • Andrew Sanders, Andrew SandersProfessor of Criminal Law and Criminology, University of Birmingham
  • Richard YoungRichard YoungProfessor of Law and Policy Research, University of Bristol
  •  and Mandy BurtonMandy BurtonProfessor of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Leicester

Abstract

This chapter examines the four ways of securing a lighter sentence by pleading guilty: the sentence discount principle; the restrictions on the sentencing powers of magistrates; charge bargaining; and ‘fact bargaining’. It then addresses the question of whether plea bargaining should be abolished.

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