A homeless man in New Hampshire has spent 854 days in jail for mostly minor offenses over a six-year period at a cost to taxpayers of about $63,000.A NPR reporter caught up with the 53-year-old man, Michael Treadwell, while researching how poor people are jailed for minor crimes when they can’t afford bail.Treadwell has mental health problems, and he drinks alcohol to cope, according to his ex-wife, Sherri Treadwell. Many of his crimes stem from a combination of being homeless and drunk, the article reports.From 2011 through 2016, Treadwell was jailed 575 days for trespass, 167 days for disorderly conduct, 79 days for vandalism, and 33 days for receiving stolen property—a jacket he was wearing. The stolen property charge was later dropped. In all, he was found guilty of 26 out of 63 charges during that time period.“Here’s a random sample of his criminal record, from a few months last summer,” the article reports. “Trespass in an apartment building; spend 30 days in jail. Bother customers at a restaurant; spend 42 days in jail. Panhandle aggressively; spend 30 days in jail. There are charges for drinking in public; loitering; and urinating on buildings, all in just a few months. For… Read full this story
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