Politics and Plea Bargaining
Victims' Rights in California
Law in Social Context
Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
248 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm, 15 illus.
- ISBN: 9780812214338
- Published: May 1993
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"
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