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Presumed Innocent for a Price: The Impact of Cash Bail Across Eight New York Counties - NYCLU 2018 

03-19-2018 15:28

To better understand the impact of bail practices in New York, in 2015 the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) sent Freedom of Information Law requests to a sample of eight small, medium and large counties across the state asking for five years of data. The information received offered a stark glimpse into what New Yorkers have had to endure.

The NYCLU found that from 2010 to 2014: 

-more than 90,000 New Yorkers spent a day or longer in custody on bail;
-more than 45,000 were held for a week or longer;
-black pretrial detainees were twice as likely as white pretrial detainees to spend at least one night in custody on bail;
-more than 35,000 New Yorkers spent at least one night in custody on a bail of $1,000 or less, and more than 21,000 on $500 or less;
-60 percent of people held on bail had only a misdemeanor or violation as their most serious charge;
-more than 5,000 New Yorkers were held on bail charged only with violations; and
-petit larceny and misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance were the most common charges, and the most serious charges against a fifth of all pretrial detainees.


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