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.
Join the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center for a panel discussion featuring Professor Carissa Byrne Hessick on how plea bargaining undermines justice. In her latest book, Punishment Without Trial: Why Plea Bargaining is a Bad Deal, Hessick makes the case against plea bargaining and illustrates why and how we need to fix it if we ever hope to achieve lasting criminal justice reform.
Carissa Byrne Hessick, Ransdell Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law; Director, Prosecutors and Politics Project
Justice Michael Donnelly, Ohio Supreme Court
Ric Simmons, Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Professor for the Administration of Justice and Rule of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Michael Zuckerman, Visiting Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
About the event
This is currently a hybrid event and registrants may attend in person or via Zoom. Note however, that depending on university guidance, the event may become online only. Both in-person and virtual attendees should register via the Zoom registration form and select their attendance preference there. For in-person attendees, the event will be held in Room 250 Drinko Hall, 55 West 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210-1391, and boxed lunches will be available to take away following the event.
This event was previously scheduled for February 16, 2022.