Stat of the Day: The Waiting (in Jail) Game

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From a conversation with the chief of the Orleans Public Defenders office: In New York, the district attorney has 144 hours after your arrest to decide whether to bring a case against you, or else you’re released. In Louisiana, the time you could wait in jail, just on suspicion, possibly without representation, if you were arrested for a capital or life-sentence crime is 120 days.

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