Some parts of New York City's pre-trial system are working well. As just one example, we are a national leader in the percentage of defendants - 68% - who wait for trial at home, working and with their families.
But some parts are broken.
Even one night in jail because of poverty is unacceptable, and yet some New Yorkers are detained simply because they cannot afford small bail amounts. Some spend time on Rikers Island because their family could not get to the courthouse quickly enough to pay bail. And just as troubling, some defendants who could be dangerous are able to pay bail and return to the street.
Click through for more on what is working and what needs to be fixed.