A follow-up to my last post about people sitting in jail without having been convicted of a crime.
Just in case you had not heard the full details about the homeless veteran who baked to death in a cell at Rikers last month. He was there because he was too poor to make bail.
Homeless and looking for a warm place to sleep on a cold night in February, Murdough was arrested for trespassing on the roof of an apartment building in Harlem. He was presented with two options: (1) either pay the city $2,500 in order to be released — a cost-prohibitive sum for someone without a job or a home, or (2) be detained on Rikers Island and wait for his case to be adjudicated, a process that can take months or even years.
You can read the rest on the Pretrial Justice Institute blog here.
You’ll also read about Kalief Browder who was arrested at 16 and held for almost three years without ever having been convicted of anything.
Who is the criminal here?