Speech to Text for Survey: Poor Mississippi inmates wait long for trial
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survey out today indicates not everyone sittnig in a mississippi jail is getting what the u-s constitution guarantees to someone who's arrested -- the right to a speedy trial. the macarthur justice center at the ole miss law school released to the associated press what it found concerning how long inmates are staying behind bars for trial. 25 hundred defendants -- more than one-third of all of those jailed before trial have been in jail 90 or more consecutive days. more than 600 have been in jail longer than a year. but why the long stays? among the reasons -- most defendants can't afford their own lawyers or the high bail that's set. federal courts have ruled a judge should consider what a defendant can pay before setting bail. public defenders are overworked and underpaid. a lack of money leads to delays in evaluating evidence, conducting autopsies and providing mental evaluations to inmates. the center says the goal of this survey is to try to get the amount of time between arrest and trial cut down in mississippi. katrina.