14 Mar Too Poor to Raise Bail, 100,000 New Yorkers Sent Behind Bars
A report by the New york city Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) discovered that in 8 of New york city’s 62 counties, some 100,000 individuals hung around in prison in between 2010 and 2014 since they could not manage money bail; and of these pretrial detainees, over 60 percent were ultimately accuseded of misdemeanors or offenses.
The report, entitled Presumed Innocent for a Price, sheds some light on who’s been doing time in New york city’s county prisons since they cannot pay money bail.
Previously,” the scope of the state bail issue beyond New york city City has actually not been well comprehended,” stated the report, launched Tuesday.
The report was launched ahead of Wednesday’s “day of action” in the state capital, where numerous companies are collecting “to promote for extensive criminal justice reforms, consisting of repairs to New york city’s bail, rapid trial and evidence-sharing practices,” composes the NYCLU.
Utilizing records acquired through public record demands, the NYCLU examined bail information from 8 little, medium and big counties in the state.
More than 5,800 New Yorkers were hung on bail for offenses just, most frequently for harassment, disorderly conduct, or trespassing. 41 percent of detainees accuseded of among these offenses were hung on bail that went beyond the optimum fine they might be needed to pay if condemned.
Inning accordance with the report, white accuseds were more than 2 times most likely to be launched on the very same day bail was set than black accuseds.
” While black and white New Yorkers each represented 45 percent of pretrial detainees who invested whenever in custody after bail was embeded in their case, 48 percent of those who invested a minimum of one night in custody were black compared with 41 percent white, and 50 percent of those who invested a minimum of one week in custody were black compared with 38 percent white,” the research study stated.
NYCLU information was gathered from Albany, Dutchess, Monroe, Niagara, Orange, Schenectady, Ulster, and Westchester counties.
This summary was prepared by TCR Deputy Editor Victoria Mckenzie. Readers’ remarks are welcome.