Dan Canon, civil right lawyer, teacher, activist and author discusses his book Pleading Out, How Plea Bargaining Creates a Permanent Criminal Class in a session hosted by NACDL President Martín Sabelli.
The ‘trial penalty’ is the substantial difference between the sentence offered in a plea offer prior to trial versus the sentence a defendant receives after trial. This penalty has become so severe and entrenched that virtually eliminates the constitutional right to a trial. Our speakers discuss how “pleading out” contributes to an unjust system, creates a class of people restricted from participating in society, and how to combat it to save the right to a trial. Read NACDL's Trial Penalty report to learn more.