Freeman

July 1989

Volume 38, 1989

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Crime and Consequences

SEPTEMBER 01, 1989 by ROBERT JAMES BIDINOTTO

Treating criminals as victims undermined justice and began to bias the criminal justice system on their behalf. "Reforms" helpful to criminals included new courtroom rules excluding certain voluntary criminal confessions and factual evidence; lenient bail and release-on-recognizance practices; and routine sentence- reduction and release policies, such as plea bargaining, probation, parole, and insanity defenses.

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