criminal justice 214

Plea Bargaining: Justice or Injustice?

Plea bargaining is a fixture in the American Criminal justice system. A lot of work can go into a properly constructed plea bargain, but to some it may seem like the easy way out. The written assignment this week is for you to thoroughly discuss the pros and cons of the plea bargain as used in the American court system, and to describe why the plea bargain is used so often, the mechanics of how a plea bargain comes about, and what some of the positive and negative outcomes of using it are.

For reference material, use the two reference sources found in EBSCOhost – the library database here at Grantham to assist you with your research paper.

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The first title: The morality of plea bargaining

The second title: Retributivism and plea bargaining

Below are the references for the above articles for your reference page

These are the in-text citations:

(Gorr, 2000) when you quote add a page number (Gorr, 2000, p. ?)

(Lippke, 2006) when you quote add a page number (Lippke, 2006, p. ?)

***Replace the question mark with the page number where the quote you are using is located in article.

Gorr, M. (2000). The morality of plea bargaining. Social Theory & Practice, 26(1), 129-151. Retrieved from…

Lippke, R. L. (2006). Retributivism and plea bargaining. Criminal Justices Ethics, 25(2), 3-16. Retrieved from

Your paper must be formatted in the following manner:

The paper must be 500-750 words in length. Only the body of the paper counts towards the length. No information that belongs on a title page or reference page will count towards the length requirement.

Use Times New Roman 12 point font, and double-space your lines.

A detailed explanation of how to cite a source using APA can be found here.

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