09/20/2013 12:46 pm ET

Many Held In NYC Jails Are Never Convicted


Many people are held in New York City jails for weeks or months before trial who are never ultimately convicted of a crime.

From 2006 through 2010, more than 10,000 people accused of a felony in New York City sat in jail before the trial started, only to be acquitted or have the case dismissed, according to figures from the New York City Criminal Justice agency, a nonprofit that does pretrial screening for the courts. The median detention for those who are never convicted ranged from two weeks to about a month.

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