In more than three-quarters of the 117,064 cases, defendants were released on their own recognizance.A fifteen day stay on Rikers costs the city about $3,000 per person.
In 19,137 cases from that year, bail was set at $1,000 or less. The report found that 87 percent of the defendants in those cases did not post bail and went to jail to await trial. They remained for an average of 15.7 days.
“Here we are locking people up for want of a couple of hundred dollars,” said Jamie Fellner, senior counsel with the domestic program of the advocacy group.
“Pretrial liberty should not be conditioned on the size of your bank account,” Ms. Fellner said.
The report raised the possibility that many of the poorer defendants pleaded guilty at arraignment for sentences with no jail time, simply to avoid being behind bars while awaiting trial.
December 3, 2010
Lacking Bail Money, NYC Petty Cons Average 15 Days In Jail
Mosi Secret of the Times reports on nonfelony defendants arrested in the city in 2008: