Oct 16, 2017
A 28-year-old roofer was held for 77 days in a Washington D.C. jail after his case was dropped. His job is gone. The D.C. Department of Corrections claims it was a clerical error.
The roofer, Carlton O. Harris, had the right to a lawyer. But he was afraid to speak up because he thought the guards would hurt him. The only reason he was released was that another inmate told his attorney about Harris’s situation.
Since 2005, taxpayers in D.C. have paid over 18 million dollars for lawsuits brought because thousands of inmates were held beyond their release date or because they were strip-searched unjustly. So the taxpayers pay for the incompetence of the D.C. jail system. Would a wealthy person serve even one hour past their release time?