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IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn Spends Night at Riker's Island

Monday, May 16, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the leader of the International Monetary Fund, was denied bail and remanded into custody on Monday by a Manhattan Criminal Court judge on charges that included attempted rape.

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Report Finds Bail Set Too High for Minor Offenses

Friday, December 03, 2010

A new report finds that while each year tens of thousands of people arrested for minor offenses are released pending a trial or some other outcome, a substantial number that can’t afford bail and end up in Rikers Island for things like shoplifting, smoking marijuana or getting in fights. According to one attorney, whether or not a defendant is released on bail is “the single most important factor about how a case is going to get resolved."

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