Feeley Case Analysis

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Feeley investigates the expensive routine that lower criminal court defendants face on their way to adjudication on a daily basis. Feeley examined the records from the lower criminal courts in New Haven, Connecticut through informal interviews with defendants waiting for their cases. Suspects detained in custody anywhere from a couple of hours to multiple days until their disposition are automatically at a disadvantage. Research has shown that if one is unable to come up with the financial resources to post their bond they are more likely to be convicted (30 percent to 49 percent) than those already out of custody (Feeley, Malcolm 205 1979). Many of these delayed releases are due to police imposed mandates during the charging process. A large
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