Plea Bargaining: The Everyday Practice that Undermines Working-Class Solidarity

Dan Canon
I Taught the Law
Published in
5 min readJan 26, 2023

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A 1912 cartoon depicting the Lawrence Textile Strike in Massachusetts. Source.

The U.S. criminal legal system is terrible by so many metrics: We lock up more people than anywhere else in the world, our penalties tend to be harsher, our arrest rates are many times higher than other democracies, and so on. Plea bargaining is not often at the top of the list when we think of all harm done by the system, but the U.S. is an outlier in…

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Dan Canon
I Taught the Law

Civil rights lawyer, law professor, and high school dropout. Writes about the Midwest, class struggle, and the untold horrors of the legal system.