Does Plea Bargaining Lead to More False Confessions? - iRecord

Does Plea Bargaining Lead to More False Confessions?

Many are concerned that plea bargaining can lead to suspects who are innocent but who appear to be guilty to wrongly confess to a crime they did not commit. A panel on the Japanese legislative council was formed earlier this summer to consider this very issue. Learn the steps the panel is considering and what information they have already reviewed.

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The Possible Dangers that Plea Bargaining Leads To

The Japanese legislative council recently came to agreement. Due to the potential risk that plea bargaining increases the incidence of false charges, the panel itself is re-evaluating its plan to reform criminal investigative proceedings.

The primary danger that the panel is concerned with is whether or not the suspect or defendant will give in to a false confession in order to reduce their punishment. Some specific scenarios could be:

1. A person having nothing to do with the crime being wrongly charged

2. A main offender could invent a story to make someone else appear to be the principle offender

3. An investigator might use leading questions or offer plea bargains as a way to coax confessions for testimony against another person suspected to be involved in the crime.

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