Pleading Innocents : Laboratory Evidence of Plea Bargaining ’ S Innocence Problem

  title={Pleading Innocents : Laboratory Evidence of Plea Bargaining ’ S Innocence Problem},
  author={Vanessa A. Edkins and Lucian E. Dervan},
We investigated plea bargaining by making students actually guilty or innocent of a cheating offense and varying the sentence that they would face if found ‘guilty’ by a review board. As hypothesized, guilty students were more likely than innocent students to accept a plea deal (i.e., admit guilt and lose credit; akin to accepting a sentence of probation) (Chi-square=8.63, p<.01) but we did not find an effect of sentence severity. Innocent students, though not as likely to plead as guilty… CONTINUE READING

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