Report: Bail Penalizes NYC’s Poor Defendants

NEW YORK (AP) — A new report says thousands of people arrested each year for minor crimes in New York City cannot afford to post bail and on average spend 16 days in jail.

The advocacy group Human Rights Watch says most of the defendants were accused of low-level offenses such as shoplifting, turnstile jumping, trespassing, drug possession and prostitution.

It found that 87 percent of defendants arrested on nonfelony charges in 2008 were unable to post even small amounts of bail of
$1,000 or less at their arraignment.

Under state law, City judges are supposed to take defendants’ financial resources into account when setting bail.

The 70-page report calculated that the city could have saved about $42 million in 2008 on 16,649 nonfelony defendants unable to make bail.

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  • The Good Samaritan

    disregard the phony good smaritans post at 9:54am

    The Good Samaritan has spoken

    • The Good Samaritan

      You are the one who should go away. You are neither The Good Samaritan and you certainly are not me. The Good Samaritan isn’t a prejudiced, ignorant jerk.

      The Good Samaritan knows who he is.

  • The Good Samaritan

    thank you CSI

    Its unfortunate these people are minorties that commit these crimes

    The Good Samaritan has spoken

  • The Good Samaritan

    Maybe we should remember that they are innocent until proven guilty.

    The Good Samaritan retracts his earlier statement because he realizes what a prejudiced jerk he can be sometimes.

  • Shirley Ranz

    If there is little risk for someone skipping town to avoid trial due to a small offense like not paying a transit fare,there is no real need for bail.

  • CSI

    This the first time i agree with you.

  • The Good Samaritan

    mayne they should not break the law then.

    The Good Samaritan has spoken

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