Fact: Kalief Browder spent more than 1000 days in jail on Rikers Island without a trial. He was first jailed when he was 16 years old.
Fact: In 2011, 74% of felony cases in the Bronx were older than six months.
Fact: At the beginning of 2013, there were 952 felony cases in the Bronx that were more than two years old.
Fact: In 2011, 165 felony cases in the Bronx went to trial. In 3,991, the defendant pleaded guilty.
Fact: in 2013, 27% of adolescent inmates on Rikers Island are in solitary confinement.
Source: Before The Law, The New Yorker
Facts: “We live in a country today where we face serious criminal justice problems. We have 12 million arrests every single year. The vast majority of those arrests are for low-level crimes, like misdemeanors, 70 to 80 percent. Less than five percent of all arrests are for violent crime. Yet we spend 75 billion, that’s b for billion, dollars a year on state and local corrections costs. Right now, today, we have 2.3 million people in our jails and prisons. And we face unbelievable public safety challenges because we have a situation in which two thirds of the people in our jails are there waiting for trial. They haven’t yet been convicted of a crime. They’re just waiting for their day in court. And 67 percent of people come back. Our recidivism rate is amongst the highest in the world. Almost seven in 10 people who are released from prison will be rearrested in a constant cycle of crime and incarceration.”
Source: Anne Milgram, Arnold Foundation, TED talk