Clark Neily on Criminal Justice Reform
In this episode, Clark Neily, Vice President for Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute, discusses his article "Jury Empowerment as an Antidote to Coercive Plea Bargaining," which is published in the Federal Sentencing Reporter, as well as his other work on criminal justice reform. Neily begins by explaining how and why prosecutors abuse plea bargaining in order to obtain guilty pleas, including from innocent people. He reflects on the history of criminal justice in the United States, the introduction of plea bargaining, and how it changed criminal justice for the worse. And he observes that "conscientious acquittal" by juries to help ameliorate some of those problems. He closes by describing some of the criminal justice reform projects he supports. Neily is on Twitter at @ConLawWarrior.