Ahead of California's criminal justice reforms to reduce mass incarceration, prosecutors are locking in plea deals forcing defendants to give up the rights they're about to get

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/05/01/restore-justice.html


I’m feeling like any prosecutor found to be doing this fucked up shit should in turn be housed in said facility for say, a few weeks. Might just change their collective attitude, might…



Seriously, if you are a prosecutor and you are doing this, WHY?!?!?!?!

(And by the way, dumbasses, the legislature can just write in the law that those agreements are void. I sincerely hope they do.)


At a guess, because their career advancement depends on their conviction rate, and overturning convictions on charges of felony murder for accomplices and other aspects of the reforms mean their careers suffer because the incentivization process of public prosecutors is perverted by a culture of winning by any means that they can get away with and zero regard for actual guilt or legal culpability.

Pubic prosecutors regularly commit professional misconduct and rarely face consequences for doing so. Trying to circumvent the legislature’s reform by using the letter of the law to defeat the clear spirit of the law is an organic extension of that prosecutorial contempt for justice.

As with police, there are a few good apples, but the orchard is rotten.


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