Do defendants get better plea deals in big cities?

Circumstances vary greatly from case to case and characteristics differ from prosecutor to prosecutor. But there’s a least a general tendency for defendants to receive better plea deals in larger, more metropolitan areas. Courts there tend to be busier, and prosecuting offices tend to have more cases—and more serious cases—to handle. Prosecutors and judges in such areas may view crime somewhat differently than their smaller-town counterparts. But the driving force behind more favorable plea bargains in big cities and counties seems to be the need to get through heavy caseloads.

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