The Return of Debtors' Prisons
Reservations for the Poor

Breyman, Steve

Publisher:  CounterPunch
Date Written:  06/12/2010
Year Published:  2010  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX12289

Nearly a quarter of the people spending time behind bars on Riker’s Island in 2008 - one in four inmates - were there because they didn’t have the money to pay bail on a misdemeanor charge. These unfortunate souls may have been presumed innocent of the criminal charges by the judge, but they were nonetheless jailed for being poor.

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