State prosecutors are no longer offering plea bargains for shorter sentence in cases involving serious felonies, domestic violence, or sexual assault.
The State Department of Law began the new policy yesterday.
Deputy Attorney General Rick Svobodny said that the length of sentences should be left to judges, not prosecutors.
Normally, between 9 out of 10 criminal cases end in plea agreements, so the new policy is expected to send many more cases to trial.
Svobodny says the policy is partly the result of a review of a case earlier this year when a man allegedly killed tw0-people hours after he was released from prison on a shortened sentence.