“Stacked Against” is a multi-part series from Carolina Public Press examining charge stacking in North Carolina and its role in plea bargaining and disparities in sentencing.
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Stacked Against, Part One: When prosecutors stack charges against a defendant, it can mean a lifetime behind bars
At 17, Terence Smith faced two charges for his role in an armed robbery. After turning down a plea deal, he stood charged with five more crimes and was sentenced to more than 50 years in prison.
Stacked Against, Part Two: Charge stacking and plea bargains in North Carolina – what you need to know
We spoke to attorneys, law professors, advocates and incarcerated people about charge stacking and plea deals and the effect they have on the criminal justice system.
Today, we have an exciting show lined up for you as we dive into the world of criminal justice and the controversial practice of charge stacking.
Plea deals, charge stacking and consecutive sentencing can result in long prison sentences, straining the bonds of families burdened by the incarceration of a loved one.