The Corner

Broken Justice


From my most recent NRO article, on the failings of the U.S. criminal-justice system: “American prosecutors win 99.5 percent of their cases, a much higher percentage than those in other civilized countries; 97 percent of them are won without trial, because of the plea-bargain system in which inculpatory evidence is extorted from witnesses in exchange for immunity from prosecution, including for perjury; the U.S. has six to twelve times as many incarcerated people per capita as do Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, or the United Kingdom, comparably prosperous democracies; the U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population, 25 percent of its incarcerated people, and half of its academically qualified lawyers, who take about 10 percent of U.S. GDP; and prosecutors enjoy very uneven advantages in procedure and an absolute immunity for misconduct.”

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