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WNYC News

Many Held In NYC Jail Are Never Convicted

Friday, September 20, 2013

WNYC

Many people are held in New York City jails for weeks or months before trial who are never ultimately convicted of a crime.

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No Bail Money Keeps Poor People Behind Bars

Thursday, September 19, 2013

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Every day three quarters of the people sitting in a New York City jail are waiting for trial. Most are there for one simple reason: they are too poor to make bail.

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Queens Man Going Free After Five Years as a Pretrial Detainee

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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Donovan Drayton is free. Sort of.

A judge Wednesday sentenced Drayton to five years behind bars—almost exactly the amount of time he spent on Rikers Island as a pretrial detainee—plus five years of supervised release. That’s effectively a sentence of time served, according to his attorney Michael Warren.

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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Donovan Drayton was arrested and accused of murder days after a 30-year-old man’s bullet-riddled body was found in the doorway of a single-family home in South Jamaica Queens.

Drayton, a 19-year-old with no criminal record, said he was innocent. But given the severity of the charges, a judge refused to grant bail. So he was sent to Rikers Island pending trial. And there he waited.

And waited.

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