LISTEN: Sawyer Smook-Pollitt discusses reporting on issues surrounding trial/jail system in New Bedford

Bristol County Ash Street Jail. Photo Credit: Sawyer Pollitt // The Scallop

By Bart Tocci, Shannon Sollitt and Sawyer Smook-Pollitt
Boston University News Service

The sixth amendment enshrines the right to a “fair and speedy” trial for people charged with a crime.

But in New Bedford, some defendants have spent years in the Bristol County Jail House, otherwise known as Ash Street Jail, awaiting their trial.

Journalism student and Boston University News Service Science, Data & Technology editor Sawyer Smook Pollitt investigated pretrial detention for his master’s professional project. He joins Bart Tocci and Shannon Sollitt on the BU News Service podcast this week.

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