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Journalists are taking a closer look at the impact of elected prosecutors.

Given the powerful role of prosecutors in plea negotiations and the lack of transparency in that process—a process that that leads to dispositions in the vast majority of criminal cases—journalists have called for investigations into the prevalence of and practices surrounding plea bargaining.Dylan Walsh, “Why U.S. Criminal Courts Are So Dependent on Plea Bargaining,” Atlantic, May 2, 2017; and Emily Yoffe, “Innocence Is Irrelevant,” Atlantic, September 2017.


Other notable reporting on the role of prosecutors includes: