Eastern District Judge John Gleeson, who has not shied away from criticizing the nation's sentencing laws, said, "Prior felony informations...produce the sentencing equivalent of a two-by-four to the forehead. The government's use of them coerces guilty pleas and produces sentences so excessively severe they take your breath away."
Gleeson Blasts U.S. Practice of Coercing Guilty Pleas
New York Law Journal
October 15, 2013