Corpus ID: 54504200

Criminalizing Race: Racial Disparities in Plea Bargaining

@article{Berdej2017CriminalizingRR,
  title={Criminalizing Race: Racial Disparities in Plea Bargaining},
  author={Carlos Berdej{\'o}},
  journal={Boston College Law Review},
  year={2017},
  volume={59},
  pages={1187}
}
Most of the empirical research examining racial disparities in the criminal justice system has focused on its two endpoints – the arrest and initial charging of defendants and judges’ sentencing decisions. Few studies have assessed disparities in the steps leading up to a defendant’s conviction, where various actors make choices that often constraint judges’ ultimate sentencing discretion. This article addresses this gap by examining racial disparities in the plea-bargaining process, focusing… Expand

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