Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jailed for Being Broke

A broken bail system makes poor defendants collateral damage in modern policing strategies

...Many defendants lose jobs while they're waiting for courts to decide their guilt or innocence. Others lose semesters of school study. In other cases, people can lose custody of children.

Still others end up pleading guilty to the charges, irrespective of guilt or innocence, because a) the sentences they face may be less severe than the time they could spend in jail awaiting trial, or b) pleading guilty ends up being the fastest way for defendants to get back to their kids, their jobs, school, etc.

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