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When Americans think of the criminal justice system, they picture a trial. The right to a trial by jury is supposed to undergird our entire justice system – but that bedrock constitutional right has all but disappeared thanks to plea bargaining. In 2018, more than 97 percent of defendants pleaded guilty.

In Punishment Without Trial: Why Plea Bargaining Is A Bad Deal, Carissa Byrne Hessick makes the case against plea bargaining and illustrates why we need to fix it if we ever hope to achieve lasting criminal justice reform.

Join the Jacob Burns Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law on Dec. 2nd to hear Professor Byrne Hessick discuss the book's arguments and implications for legal ethics in conversation with Burns Center CoDirector and Cardozo Law criminal law Professor Jessica Roth.

Punishment Without Trial: Why Plea Bargaining Is a Bad Deal