Douglas Savistsky J.D., Ph.D., 2009/2010, “Is Plea Bargaining a Rational Choice? Plea Bargaining as an Engine of Racial Stratification and Overcrowding in the United States Prison System”
What Douglas Savistsky understands about the legal System in the United States is that prosecutors are inclined to be pick up because poor and minority defendants are cheaper and easier cases to prosecute, thus prosecutors are more likely to pursue these kinds of cases The prosecution of white rich defendants are hardly attacked aggressively because of the amount of wealth that certain demographics have over one another. Thus begins the cycle of racism where poor and minority people are given bad defendants because their cases are viewed as a trap for good defendants so the poor are assigned bad defense lawyers and then a good or bad prosecutor is going to rip apart the defendants case, plea bargains are only a reinforcing of the lack of actual court representation that poor and minorities get. Plea bargains are the worst possible thing for the reputation of the justice system.