In places as diverse as Anchorage and El Paso, Nassau County
and New Orleans, get-tough prosecutors are promising to ban plea
bargaining. Too many criminals get off easy, they insist; take
away plea bargains, and more will get the punishments they deserve.
But these officials may want to consider what happened in the
Bronx when prosecutors there tried the same thing. The ban clogged
the courts, made for less speedy justice, and may actually have
returned more guilty defendants to the street.