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Jailing people accused of low-level crimes wrongheaded, expensive

from Hartford Courant

Poor people accused of committing low-level offenses in Connecticut, such as misdemeanor prostitution, simple drug possession or sixth-degree larceny (theft of a candy bar, for example), often languish in jail until their trial date because they can't afford bail — or else they just plead guilty, regardless of actual complicity. Some of these defendants wouldn't spend a day in jail after conviction; yet they often spend weeks or months locked up before their trial date because they lack money. Meanwhile, other more affluent defendants walk free. more

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