Earlier this year, the American Bar Association (ABA) Criminal Justice Section Plea Bargain Task Force issued a report critical of the practice of plea negotiation in American courtrooms as “impermissibly” coercive, insufficiently transparent, and subject to manipulation by allegedly unethical prosecutors practicing in front of complacent judges, all to the detriment of public faith in the legal system. Because we believe that the report does not accurately portray what is happening in America’s halls of justice, the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), as the voice of America’s prosecutors, provides this response. We value collaboration and communication and stand ready to work with the ABA on improving the quality of justice. Unfortunately, this report, as well-intentioned as it may be, does not serve the interests of criminal defendants, crime victims, or community safety. Click the link below to read the complete response.