The National Crime and Punishment: Plea Bargains & Conditional Sentencing (Part 1 of 2)

The National Crime and Punishment: Plea Bargains & Conditional Sentencing (Part 1 of 2)

Most people believe in the saying "if you do the crime, you do the time". However, some criminals are managing to avoid jail time as a result of lawyers negotiating plea bargains and conditional sentencing. How and why these practices have been used is the subject of much controversy, a case in point being the infamous Bernado and Homolka trial. Critics argue that the punishment no longer fits the crime and victims feel that justice has given way to expediency. The National takes a look at two cases of plea bargaining and conditional sentencing, and explores the effects that they had on the victims and their families. The program explores how effective these practices are and if justice is truly being served.

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  • 00:24:04
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
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