“Bronx Gulag” Keeps Defendants In Jail For Years Before Trial

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Whoever says the American justice system is the best in the world needs to have a sit-down with Carl Henley, who nearly lost his leg to an infection during his 2 1/2 year wait in Rikers Island on a gun charge for which he was later acquitted, the New York Daily News reports.

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According to the Daily News, the wait time for a defendant to resolve a case by trial in the Bronx is 988 days, according to numbers from last year. That figure beats wait times in New York City’s other boroughs.

The Daily News has more:

More than 70 Bronx homicide suspects arrested in 2008 or earlier were still awaiting trial as of Dec. 1, court records show.

At least nine of them had been in jail — and ordered held without bail — five years or longer.

“It’s wrong to treat people this way,” said Carl Henley, 28, who was recently acquitted in a gun case after being held on Rikers Island for 21/2 years.

“They let you rot in there because so many people have cases older than yours.”

This story appears to debunk the phrase “Speedy Trial.” To read more about the “Bronx Gulag,” go to the Daily News.

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