The criminal justice system has run off the rails. The system dispenses not justice according to law, but the “justice” of official discretion. Discretionary justice too often amounts to discriminatory justice. And no stable regulating mechanism governs the frequency or harshness of criminal punishment, which has swung wildly from excessive lenity to even more excessive severity.I have always disliked the plea bargain set up. Using it as a step to catching even worse criminals is one thing, using it as a way to clear clutter in the courts or to make your job easier is wrong in my opinion. I am reminded of a something I read long ago in a novel which, due to my lousy memory, I will have to paraphrase and can't attribute because I can't remember from whence it came:
"Justice? You don't get justice from cops. From cops you get procedure. Even if by some strange circumstance they catch the guy who did this by the time he works his way through the system the charges will be plea bargained down to something that barely resembles the real crime he committed. No, what we have is a legal system, not a justice system."