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Monday, January 23, 2012

Plea Bargains


In the article, titled Murder Sentences Not Much of A Deterrent, it analyzes the impact of jail sentences compared to plea deals. One of the key things about this article is that we have to keep in mind, hardly any plea deal results in the death sentence. With that in mind, this article points out that lesser sentences are more of a deterrent that harsher sentences. Paul T. Rosynsky also points out that the United States has the most severe punishment rates in the entire world and not surprisingly one of the highest crime rates. But the article continues in providing a solution. It says that, the solution is that long term incarceration is better for the prisoners. Most importantly this article discusses some of the key issues about the American society which is that most motives for murder have become trivial like wearing the wrong color. 


Paul T. Rosynsky, 10/14/2009 Murder sentences not much of a deterrent

I think that with the use of plea bargains in the US right now, a lot of problems are being solved. When looking at the criminal justice system most cases are tried by using plea deals, and this has really helped a majority of the population to what it means to be incarcerated, but to provide them with an outlet. Plea deals offer a criminal a chance. Instead of steaming in a jail cell, plea deals give criminals a second chance at life that they appreciate and use to the fullest. Making someone serve a full sentence only makes them more resentful towards people and in some instances that can increase crime rate. Plea deals offer not only a new hope to those convicted but the family of the convicted. A father, or mother went missing and children are left alone. Plea deals help heal the wounds by not only making the person realize that what they did was wrong, but by restore families.


  1. Great topic Oliver. Did you remember that each post must include a precis, citation and your personal reflection/comentary? Please revise your post before Monday to recieve full credit.

  2. Your writing made me form a strong opinion about plea bargains. I have to agree with your argument; that plea bargains are a good thing for the legal system. You have to look at it from the other spectrum. If you were being prosecuted for a wrong doing that was all a mistake and you wanted a second chance to prove yourself, you should be granted that chance. I do believe that only incarcerating someone for a long period of time without the chance to be free would only make that person resent everyone even more than they already did. Everyone should be given a second chance in life.

  3. Oliver, Personally, I do not agree with your closing statement that plea deals always work out great. I don't know this for a fact but I would think that some criminals use plea deals to get out of jail easily and just return to their old ways. I'm sure some people turn their life around but I think for the majority this is not the case. I like the imagery provoking words like steaming and incarcerated. Your topic is very interesting and thought provoking. Although I agree that people do deserve second chances, after multiple convictions or a long criminal record, I do not believe that the plea bargain should be accepted nor used in the first place. In your reflection, you do not touch on the earlier stated fact that the United States has harsh repercussions and high crime rates nor do you specifically oppose the idea that long term incarceration is better though it is evident in your reflection. I enjoyed reading your posting and hope they are as thought provoking as this one!

    Nicole Holzer

  4. When I started reading your article, I was thinking exactly the opposite of what you believe. I believed that if someone committed a horrid crime, they should be punished based on the laws which we, as a society, deemed appropriate for the crime committed and not given a lighter sentence through a plea bargain. Then, when you mentioned family, I re-thought my position. Now, overall, I agree with plea bargains being a good thing in some cases. Maybe once people are given another chance they will learn from their mistake and allowing a plea bargain will keep the punishment from affecting those around the criminal to a minimum. Although I still think some people should not be given a lighter sentence, I understand now that these people have a family that are being hurt by a mom, dad, or child going to jail.