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Truth, Lies and Plea Bargaining

Why would defendants plead guilty to a crime they haven’t committed? Often it’s to ensure fairer and more responsive treatment at the hands of a justice system that otherwise offers them few other options, says Rutgers University law professor Thea Johnson.

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Are Mandatory Prison Sentences for Illegal Firearm Possession Necessary?

A study published by Loyola University Chicago found that 72 percent of all arrests and convictions in Illinois for firearm-related offenses over the past decade have been for illegal firearm possession. Upon release from prison, only seven percent of people serving time for this offense were arrested for a violent crime involving a firearm within three years of their release.