Posted on 8 Jul 2015
People arrested for nonviolent offenses in New York City will no longer have to raise bail money to stay out of jail.
The Daily Beast reported today that people arrested for nonviolent offenses in New York City will no longer have to raise bail money to stay out of jail. This news comes on the heels of the tragic death of Kelief Browder, a 22 year old man who killed himself after being held in custody for three years without a trial. The new plan will replace the traditional bail process with pre-trial supervision that includes daily check-ins, text message reminders, and drug or behavioral therapy.
Reform in New York begs the question, why isn't reform possible in North Carolina? After all, here in North Carolina, we have had our fair share of tragedies involving the deaths of people awaiting trial on non-violent offenses (in fact, we just filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of an inmate who died in the Wake County jail). Hopefully, as the movement to reform the criminal justice system grows, we will become more receptive to alternatives to jail for people accused (and convicted) of non-violent crimes.