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Exploring Prosecutor Plea Bargaining Decisions in Philadelphia
As the nation reckons with its overreliance on carceral punishment and the mass incarceration of people of color, particularly Black people, experts are evaluating the primary method for case resolution for the majority of criminal cases: plea bargaining. Despite the wide use of plea bargaining, little is known about the practice, largely because it happens outside public view and with little documentation by one key actor with large discretion in the process—prosecutors.

Join the Urban Institute as we discuss the findings from an upcoming report that seeks to improve understanding of the policies, practices, case-level information, and external factors that affect prosecutors' decision making in plea bargaining in Philadelphia. We will then hear from a dynamic group of experts who will speak broadly about whether justice can be attained through a system dependent on pleas.

Nov 29, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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