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The Bail Trap
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By Nick Pinto


This recent article in the Sunday New York Times Magazine highlights the discussion of bail reform and the need for pretrial release programs in the criminal justice system. The article follows just a few of the arrestees that are arraigned in Brooklyn’s Criminal Courthouse everyday.

From the article:

  • On average, a couple of hundred cases pass through Brooklyn’s arraignment courtrooms every day, and the public defenders who handle the overwhelming majority of those cases rarely get to spend more than 10 minutes with each client before the defendant is called into court for arraignment.
  • Of those in jails, 60 percent haven’t been convicted of anything. They’re innocent in the eyes of the law, awaiting resolution in their cases. Some of these inmates are being held because they’re considered dangerous or unlikely to return to court for their hearings. But many of them simply cannot afford to pay the bail that has been set.
  • a 2010 Human Rights Watch report that calculated that New York City was paying $42 million a year to incarcerate nonfelony defendants


Read the full New York Times article 


For information on what NIC is doing visit the Pretrial page on the NIC website

Posted Thu, Aug 20 2015 1:00 PM by Elizabeth


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