Background Readings on Plea Decision-Making

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“The Injustice of the Plea Bargain System”  The Wall Street Journal. December 3, 2015.  Lucian Dervan.

America's Guilt Mill. The Crime Report. February 9, 2015. Featuring Drs. Jon Gould and Allison Redlich.

In murder trial, mental illness again raises tough questions about defendant who confessed. Fox News. Associated Press. February 9, 2015. Featuring Dr. Allison Redlich.

Academic Background Readings on Plea Decision-Making

Alschuler, A.W. (1979). Plea bargaining and its history. Columbia Law Review, 79 (1).

Alschuler, A.W. (1981). The changing plea bargaining debate. California Law Review, Inc., 69 (3).

Bibas, S. (2004). Plea bargaining outside the shadow of trial. Harvard Law Review, 117 (8).

Devers, L. (2011). Plea and charge bargaining, research summary. Arlington, Virginia: Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.

Gregory, L.W., Mowen, J.C., & Linder, D.E. (1978). Social psychology and plea bargaining: Applications, methodology, and theory. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 36 (12).

Nagel, S.S. & Neef, M. (1976). Plea bargaining, decision theory, and equilibrium models: Part I. Indiana Law Journal, 51 (4).

Nagel, S.S. & Neef, M. (1976). Plea bargaining, decision theory, and equilibrium models: Part II. Indiana Law Journal, 52 (1).

Smith, D.A. (1986). The plea bargaining controversy. The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 77 (3).