New rules for handling criminal cases will hopefully end the too-common practice in Mississippi of holding accused offenders indefinitely behind bars with no court action.
In the meantime, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has put county sheriffs on notice that they could be held liable if they don’t get the people held in their jails promptly before a judge so they can make their case for bond.
This is a good decision. When the accused languish behind bars, they are being treated as guilty until proven innocent. That’s not the American way.