Low Income Mississippi inmates stuck in jail waiting for trial

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Such long jail stays pressure people into pleading guilty, public defenders say.

“Spending time in a county jail, it can make guys crack,” said Marvell Gordon, a public defender in Lauderdale and Yazoo counties.

Too poor to scrape up the $5,000 needed to cover his $50,000 bail, or to hire his own lawyer, Sanders said he’s ready to plead guilty to the felony charge. He knows he’s been jailed so long that he would be immediately eligible for release.

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