Faced with a draconian choice, many arrestees accept plea bargains. Prosecutors can show them that, for instance, a federal drug sentence taken to court receives an average of 16 YEAR sentence. Human Rights Watch concludes that average plea bargain for the same crime is 5 years, 4 months. Who wants to gamble that way? So citizen after citizen admits to a crime, bargains, and ends up in federal prison for 5 years. Maybe some of them are guilty–probably are. But how about those who are not? We need to change our sentencing laws and make them reasonable for the crime.