How Federal Prosecutors Force Drug Defendants to Plead Guilty

Monday, December 16, 2013

A prison solitary confinement cell. (Dan Lee/Shutterstock)

Jamie Fellner, senior advisor to the US Program at Human Rights Watch, discusses how federal prosecutors routinely threaten extraordinarily severe prison sentences to coerce drug defendants into waiving their right to trial and pleading guilty. She’s the author of a Human Rights Watch report “An Offer You Can’t Refuse: How US Federal Prosecutors Force Drug Defendants to Plead Guilty.”


Jamie Fellner

Comments [2]

john from office

Seems like no one is ever guilty. Feds are planting drugs on everyone!

Dec. 16 2013 02:00 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Does this apply to the truly innocent as well? Do people who are innocent who refuse to plea successfully appeal when they are railroaded into jail?

Dec. 16 2013 01:47 PM

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