An Offer You Can’t Refuse: How US Federal Prosecutors Force Drug Defendants to Plead Guilty

“The right to trial lies at the heart of America’s criminal justice system. Yet trials have become all too rare in the United States because nine out of ten federal and state criminal defendants now end their cases by pleading guilty.” Thanks to coercive law enforcement tactics, the majority of defendants are effectively deprived of their right to the presumption of innocence.

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