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Why do we give criminals plea deals?

i honestly don't understand this. i know it's a part of our justice system, but why? shouldn't they be punished for ALL of the crimes they committed, or punished to the FULLEST extent of the law for their charge?

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tnm786

Asked by tnm786 at 11:44 AM on Jul. 26, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Honestly I think it's because of two things. One, prosecutors may think it's too big a risk to take to trial, meaning the suspect wouldn't get nearly enough time (or none at all) and, two, it saves a ton of money
    Mrs_Prissy

    Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 11:46 AM on Jul. 26, 2013

  • Basically so as the victims do not have to go through the whole deal of testifying. Also, they do it to get the answers to solve the crime. i.e., when my friend Jacque was killed, they finally had to make a plea deal with her husband in order to bring her body home to rest. He got 20 years.... Yes they were desperate... otherwise, the body would never have been found.
    m-avi

    Answer by m-avi at 11:47 AM on Jul. 26, 2013

  • It also catches others. If the DA couldn't make deals then criminals wouldn't flip on their partners or others. Though I think the money aspect is the biggest reason.
    kmath

    Answer by kmath at 11:47 AM on Jul. 26, 2013

  • And there's also the issue that people aren't always guilty of all the crimes they're charged with...
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:48 AM on Jul. 26, 2013

  • To spare the victims from having to testify. He will still get his punishment & it will help speed up the process, thus saving time & money. (I assume you are referring to the case in Cleveland?) Anything less than 3 life terms is an injustice in my book. But if it will spare those 3 young women from having to go thru the pain of a long, drawn out trial, then so be it.
    mrsmom110

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 11:49 AM on Jul. 26, 2013

  • "And there's also the issue that people aren't always guilty of all the crimes they're charged with..."

    Good point. Scary, but good. Some people take plea deals even when innocent in order to avoid MORE time. (I believe)
    Mrs_Prissy

    Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 11:50 AM on Jul. 26, 2013

  • Depends. In the Ohio case the guy will never get out of jail, and the deal will be better for the victims. As long as a trial is pending there's so much the victims can't do because it can effect the case. The deal will allow them to move on in a way they choose faster. The victims should have a say as to accepting a plea deal or not.

    RyansMom001

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 11:50 AM on Jul. 26, 2013

  • And there's also the issue that people aren't always guilty of all the crimes they're charged with...



    and then there's the issue that sometimes they are guilty of all of them, and don't pay the price for all of them.

    tnm786

    Comment by tnm786 (original poster) at 11:51 AM on Jul. 26, 2013

  • http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/plea-deal-offer-reported-cleveland-kidnap-case-19775154


    OK-  I take it back, life plus 1,000 years works too.  At least he won't see freedom & won't have the ability to hurt anyone else. 

    mrsmom110

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 11:52 AM on Jul. 26, 2013

  • plea deals also help persons guilty of crimes but not criminal to learn from their mistakes.
    take the first time offender- would they and society be better served with them learning from their mistake and possibly getting treatment (in the event of minor possession for example) or with society paying to house and feed them in prison?
    feralxat

    Answer by feralxat at 11:53 AM on Jul. 26, 2013

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