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Bailing on Bail

Friday, December 03, 2010

Jamie Fellner, Senior Counsel at Human Rights Watch's US Program, talks about her new report "The Price of Freedom" on the iniquities in the city's bail system.

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Comments [9]

GPS Ankle Bracelets instead of BAIL / JAIL. from A Kinder & More Efficient Government


Currently, presumed innocent citizens who are accused of minor non-violent crimes are thrown into jail if they aren't wealthy enough to afford bail. This is both WASTEFUL AND UNJUST.

Instead of bail or jail, ALL people accused of non-violent crimes should be offered the
alternative of wearing a GPS ANKLE BRACELET that will continuously report
their location to authorities.

This will be far kinder and more just.
It will also save the city and state MILLIONS of Dollars a year in NEEDLESS
expenses (it costs over $40,000 per year
in direct expenses per person in jail).

THE CITY AND STATE SHOULD ACT TO MAKE GPS ANKLE BRACELETS AND ALTERNATIVE TO BAIL or JAIL!

Dec. 03 2010 03:08 PM
GPS Ankle Bracelets INSTEAD of BAIL and JAIL from A Kinder & More Efficient Govt

Currently, presumed innocent citizens who are accused of minor non-violent crimes are thrown into jail if they aren't wealthy enough to afford bail. This is both WASTEFUL AND UNJUST.

Instead of bail or jail, ALL people accused of non-violent crimes should be offered the
alternative of wearing a GPS ANKLE BRACELET that will continuously report
their location to authorities.

This will be far kinder and more just.
It will also save the city and state MILLIONS of Dollars a year in NEEDLESS
expenses (if costs over $40,000 per year
in direct expenses per person in jail).

THE CITY AND STATE SHOULD ACT TO MAKE GPS ANKLE BRACELETS AND ALTERNATIVE TO BAIL or JAIL.

Dec. 03 2010 03:06 PM
Nekoro Gomes from New York

In 2007, City Limits released an investigative report on how New York City's bail system punishes the poor that echoes many of the findings announced in the Human Rights Watch Report. Here's a link to the article: http://www.citylimits.org/news/articles/4234/report-nyc-s-bail-system-punishes-the-poor.

Dec. 03 2010 02:26 PM
Nekoro Gomes from New York

In 2007, City Limits released an investigative report on how New York City's bail system punishes the poor that echoes many of the findings announced in the Human Rights Watch Report. Here's a link to the article: http://www.citylimits.org/news/articles/4234/report-nyc-s-bail-system-punishes-the-poor.

Dec. 03 2010 02:26 PM
tom from uws

For future reference, NPR aired a long story a few months ago about the national impact of bail and bail bond companies. In some areas bail bond companies essentially have written guidelines that provide them business. The story also reported on the overbroad imposition of bail as contributing to homelessness: persons without the assets or credit to make bail first lose their jobs while awaiting trial, then lose their homes. Often, for the sake of a $500 bail, the jurisdiction foots a bill adding up to far more, thanks to overloaded court dockets.

Again, it would be worth reviewing that excellent story.

Dec. 03 2010 11:08 AM
RBC

What "Becky" doesn't get is that you don't even have to be in trouble to be arrested and put in jail these days. With the "productivity" quotas now mandated on police officers, you may be arrested simply because an officer didn't make his weekly arrest quota. The person will be charged with "disorderly conduct".

Also, understand that bail is the latest way that municipalities make money.

Dec. 03 2010 11:00 AM
Anon

In the Bronx, setting bail is a rarity. Even in assaults and felony cases, the vast, vast majority of defendants leave court with no set bail, even those with long criminal records. Large narcotics cases can be handled in the borough of the arrest, or at Special Narcotics in Manhattan. Cops frequently will take larger cases to special narcotics because a Manhattan judge is MUCH more likely to set bail than a Bronx judge (and the defendant will receive a much harsher punishment than in the Bronx).

Dec. 03 2010 10:59 AM
Gaetano Catelli from Oxford, Mississippi

If bail bondspersons won't take a $100 fee, it suggests that their experience has been that it is insufficient to deter bail-jumping.

Dec. 03 2010 10:56 AM
The Truth from Becky

Stay outta trouble! Don't steal from the bodega, don't jump the turnstyle etc....that should take care of the problem.

Dec. 03 2010 10:48 AM

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