This article originally appeared on msnbc.com on March 10, 2015
By Cherise Fanno Burdeen, Executive Director, Pretrial Justice Institute
“It’s only three days.”
That’s what a court staffer in Ferguson, Missouri told the Department of Justice when asked why they don’t track the time a person spends behind bars before their case is heard by a judge.
In Ferguson, if you are arre…
Pretrial Reform Advocates: Ferguson Findings Just the Beginning, Racial Disparities in Detention Pretrial is Nationwide Epidemic04 Mar 2015
Bias-driven police brutality was not the only part of the criminal justice system under fire in yesterday’s DOJ report findings in Ferguson; the detention of people of color in large numbers without convictions also came under the microscope. Those findings aren’t unique to Ferguson, according to the Pretrial Justice Institute, a national leader in the fight against discrimina…
By Craig DeRoche, President, Justice Fellowship
Joe has not been convicted of a crime. He’s innocent, in fact, but he’s still in jail. He’s been sitting there for over two months now, waiting to appear before a judge, waiting for the chance to prove his innocence, but his trial date is nowhere in sight, and he doesn’t have the money to post bond.
Joe is in limbo—pretrial limbo—a…