Harsh Sentences Are Killing the Jury Trial

My question to any one out there is: Have you ever seen a politician go to jail for a mandatory drug sentence. To the best of my memory, they plead a ‘oh so sorry and its off to rehab.

‘…This week’s release of the Human Rights Watch Report, “An Offer You Can’t Refuse,” confirms that harsh sentencing laws have undermined the American jury system. On average, 97 percent of defendants plead guilty in federal court. For crimes that carry a minimum mandatory sentence, going to trial has simply become too risky. As Human Rights Watch reports: “Defendants convicted of drug offenses with mandatory minimum sentences who went to trial received sentences on average 11 years longer than those who pled guilty.”…’

Harsh Sentences Are Killing the Jury Trial

Are US prosecutors forcing guilty pleas on drug defendants?

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