NY Bail Fees For Minor Crimes Create Debtor’s Prison

In a report released last week from Human Rights Watch and profiled in the New York Times, the country learned what many within the city already knew—if you’re poor, you’re more likely to be in jail. The courts have created a situation where people are sent to jail and unable to raise even a $1,000 bond, making them a resident of Riker’s Island for a short stay, even when facing charges as minor as possession of marijuana or jumping a subway turnstile. Continue reading “NY Bail Fees For Minor Crimes Create Debtor’s Prison”