Politics and Plea Bargaining

9780812214338: Paperback
Release Date: 1st May 1993

15 illus.

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 248

Series Law in Social Context

University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Politics and Plea Bargaining

Victims' Rights in California

Paperback / £26.99

In 1982, California voters passed Proposition 8, promoted by supporters as the Victims' Bill of Rights, on the initiative ballot. In Politics and Plea Bargaining, Candace McCoy describes the political genesis of victims' rights legislation and the impact Proposition 8 has had on plea bargaining.

Placing Proposition 8 in the context of earlier efforts to reform plea bargaining, McCoy explores the meaning of due process in the criminal courts. Emphasizing the concept of "publicness," the book suggests changes that would open the justice system to more public observation and explanation.

Note on Citation
1. Criminal Procedure: Target of Reform
2. Proposition 8 Politics
3. The Internal and External Dynamics of Plea Bargaining
4. Testing the Impact of a Law Limiting Plea Bargaining
5. Impact of the Plea Bargaining Limitation on Court Procedures and Sentences
6. Impact of the Plea Bargaining Limitation on Court Professionals' Norms
7. Procedural Values: Proof and "Publicness"

Works Cited
Table of Cases

Candace McCoy is Professor at the Graduate Center and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.