Assume that there is evidence that prosecutors in a particular jurisdiction offer more favorable plea bargains to racial minorities than to Whites that is, they are more willing to reduce the charges or to recommend a sentence substantially below the maximum permitted by law if the defendant is a racial minority.

Assume that there is evidence that prosecutors in a particular jurisdiction offer more favorable plea bargains to racial minorities than to Whites that is, they are more willing to reduce the charges or to recommend a sentence substantially below the maximum permitted by law if the defendant is a racial minority. What might explain this seemingly anomalous finding?

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