Rasmussen College Plea Bargain in Criminal Justice Ethics Discussion

Plea bargaining is used in criminal justice to provide the accused with the opportunity to accept a reduced punishment or a reduction in the charge in exchange for a guilty plea at the arraignment or at trial. The prosecutor makes an offer to the defense attorney who notifies the client. The client will either accept or reject the offer.

Many people see plea bargaining as an easy way to avoid going to trial.

Research and discuss the following questions:

Is it ethical for the prosecutor to offer plea bargaining

  • If the prosecutor’s case is weak and there is doubt about the guilt of the offender?
  • If the prosecutor offers a lesser sentence in exchange for information about other suspects in the same or other cases?