Nine out of 10 people in the Baltimore City Jail are awaiting trial and have not been found guilty of the current offense: the national average is two-thirds.

Author:Gormsen, Lia
Position:Inter Alia
 
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Nine out of 10 people in the Baltimore City Jail are awaiting trial and have not been found guilty of the current offense; the national average is two-thirds, found the Justice Policy Institute in its recent report Baltimore Behind Bars: How to Reduce the Jail Population, Save Money and Improve Public Safety. According to the report, more than half of the people arrested in Baltimore are detained in the jail to await trial, and more than half of those are not being offered bail.

The report details city policing practices and court and bail processes that contribute to a high percentage of city residents being detained in the jail, often unnecessarily, the report contends. In addition, the courts are clogged with cases, which further contributes to people being held pre-trial for extended periods. The report suggests that by changing policing practices, reforming court processes and...

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