In a Mississippi Jail, Convictions and Counsel Appear Optional

The New York Times

September 24, 2014


Sheila Burks has not seen her nephew Octavious much over the past few years. Sitting in her house far out in the Mississippi countryside, she ticked off his stints in the Scott County jail: There was the 18-month stay that ended in 2011; the year that ended in June 2013; and a stretch that began with an arrest last November and is still going. It is hard to figure out what all this jail time has actually been about.
Click here to view full article.