REUTERS/Mark Makela - Inmates walk the hallways during a media tour of the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 7, 2015.

Opinion

To reduce wrongful convictions, reform the bail system

June 22, 2016, Jennifer L. Doleac

In May 2010, Kalief Browder was arrested and charged with robbery, for allegedly stealing a backpack. Bail was set at $3,500, which he was unable to pay. Browder insisted that he was innocent, and refused to take a plea deal that could have set him free. He consequently spent three years in jail without trial, enduring incredible violence and isolation. The charges were eventually dropped and he was released, but he never recovered from that experience. Just over a year ago, Browder committed suicide. He was only 22 years old.

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