The Transformation of Plea Bargaining

Mary E. Vogel

in Coercion to Compromise

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780195101751
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199851461 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies

The Transformation of Plea Bargaining

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This chapter examines the transformation of plea bargaining in the U.S.A. during the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth, discussing the increase in guilty pleas through the 1870s and their decline in the 1890s because of the economic crisis. It explains that exercise of leniency prior to the 1890s involved shifts in the entire sentencing structure as Yankees attempted to ward off Irish political encroachment. The chapter also discusses the issues concerning the struggle for control of socializing institutions, and the changing patterns of social concessions and their incidence.

Keywords: plea bargaining; U.S.A.; guilty pleas; economic crisis; leniency; sentencing structure; Yankees; Irish; political encroachment; social concessions

Chapter.  14193 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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