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upstatecajun Donating Member (511 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:11 PM
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Bail Burden Keeps U.S. Jails Stuffed With Inmates
Leslie Chew spent his childhood working long days next to his father on the oil rigs of southern Texas. No school meant he never learned to read or write. Now in his early 40s, he's a handyman, often finding a place to sleep in the back of his old station wagon.



But he got by until one night in December 2008 when the station wagon got cold, and he changed the course of his life.

"Well, I stole some blankets to try to stay warm," he says quietly. "I walked in and got them and turned around and walked right back out of the store. said, 'Excuse me, sir, come here. Are you planning to pay for these?' I said, 'No, sir. I don't have no money.' That's when he arrested me right then."

When I first spoke to Chew last summer, he'd been inside the Lubbock County jail since the night he was arrested: 185 days, more than six months.

http://www.npr.org/2010/01/21/122725771/Bail-Burden-Kee...
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:38 PM
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1. Texas. No surprise there.
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:39 PM
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2. No brainer why there's such an increase in private prisons.
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