Coercive plea bargaining has many faces. Prosecutors regularly stack multiple charges, more than the conduct merits, in order to get the defendant to plead to a single lesser charge, or risk being found guilty on all charges and imprisoned for a much longer period.
The Supreme Court struck down mandatory sentences of life imprisonment without parole for children under 18. In response, Missouri converted life-without-parole sentences into life-with-parole. The Missouri Board of Probation then denied parole for almost everyone who qualified, circumventing the Supreme Court’s decision.
Sandra Bland was pulled over because a police officer said she failed to signal a turn. Philando Castile was stopped for an allegedly malfunctioning brake light. Daunte Wright was driving a car with an expired registration tag. Bland, Castile, and Wright were ultimately killed by the police. Police action should make people safer, but none of these stops were in the interest of public safety.