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No, Jails Aren’t Filled with People on Minor Charges — There’s a Reason We Have Bail

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No, Jails Aren’t Filled with People on Minor Charges — There’s a Reason We Have Bail

New York Post November 23, 2021
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Urban PolicyNYC

Three Democratic members of Congress want you to think that Rikers Island is filled with innocent souls too poor to make bail.

Who’s in jail? Three Democratic members of Congress — New York’s Carolyn Maloney and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Maryland’s Jamie Raskin — want you to think that Rikers Island is filled with innocent souls too poor to make bail.

Earlier this week, the trio sent a misleading letter to the city’s five district attorneys. Maloney, AOC, and Raskin make two deceptive claims. First, the number of people in jail, 5,400 marks a “steep increase” from last year. Second, “more than three-quarters of individuals in custody” are there “simply because they cannot afford cash bail.”

A person reading this letter would naturally think that New York has been throwing people in jail on minor charges since the pandemic started.

Continue reading the entire piece here at the New York Post

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Nicole Gelinas is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor at City Journal. Follow her on Twitter here.

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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