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NCJ Number: 34804 Find in a Library
Title: LAWYERS, JUDGES, AND PLEA BARGAINING - SOME NEW DATA ON INMATES' VIEWS
Journal: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY AND PENOLOGY  Volume:4  Issue:2  Dated:(MAY 1976)  Pages:177-191
Author(s): A F ARCURI
Corporate Author: Academic Press, Inc
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United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Academic Press, Inc
San Diego, CA 92101-4495
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: A STUDY OF INMATES VIEWS ON THE QUALITY OF THEIR LEGAL REPRESENTATION, ON THE VALUE OF PLEA BARGAINING TO THEIR DEFENSE AND AS A GENERAL PROCESS, AND ON THE PROFESSIONAL QUALITY OF JUDGES.
Abstract: ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTEEN INMATES AT THE BORDENTOWN (NJ) YOUTH CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION WERE INTERVIEWED, NO CLAIMS OF REPRESENTATIVENESS ARE MADE FOR THE SAMPLE: FROM THE INMATE'S PERSPECTIVE, PUBLIC DEFENDERS DO NOT APPEAR EITHER TO CARE ABOUT AN ACQUITTAL OR TO 'FIGHT' FOR A FAVORABLE 'DEAL'; THE JUDICIAL PROCESS THAT MANY INMATES DESCRIBED WAS LARGELY INFORMAL AND FREQUENTLY INVISIBLE. PLEA NEGOTIATIONS WERE HELD BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. THE MAJORITY OF INMATES REPORTED AN AMBIVALANCE TOWARD THE ROLE OF JUDGES. MANY OF THE SAME RESPONDENTS WHO REPORTED THAT JUDGES WERE 'FAIR' DURING THEIR TRIAL WERE CRITICAL OF THEIR APPARENT IGNORANCE ABOUT THE REALITIES OF PRISON LIFE. LAWYERS WERE SEEN AS 'DEAL MAKERS' - DEALING WITH THE SEAMY SIDE OF THE LAW. CLOSER LAWYER CLIENT CONSULTATION IS URGED, SO THAT THE CLIENT CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND THE PLEA BARGAINING PROCESS.
Index Term(s): Correctional institutions (juvenile); Defense counsel effectiveness; Inmate attitudes; Judges; New Jersey; Plea negotiations
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