The Negative Consequences of Extended Pretrial Detention
Date:  12-03-2013

Pretrial detainees are 3-4 times more likely to be sent to jail or prison than those who were free pending court cases
The Fortune Society reports The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) issued the findings of three research studies which concluded that those held in pretrial detention until the commencement of their court cases were significantly more likely to be sentenced to prison or jail terms. The studies also determined that pretrial detainees also received longer sentences.

The studies also found that those held in pretrial detention were most likely to commit a new crime. LJAF’S Pretrial Criminal Justice Research states: “The primary goal of the American criminal justice system is to protect the public. But what if, rather than protecting society, the pretrial phase of the system is actually helping to create new repeat offenders?”

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