“Would he have committed suicide then, when he’s only got 3 weeks until he comes home,” said Angela Stokes, Young’s mother. She told reporters that her son was developmentally disabled, with the “mind of a 12-year-old” and that he shouldn’t have been in the jail in the first place. The facility where Young was held, 201 Poplar, is notoriously overcrowded. Stokes said that her son, who was only 4’10”, often got into fights defending himself because of his small stature. His case is yet another example of the deadly consequences of the cash bail system on low-level offenders, mentally ill individuals, and marginalized populations, particularly those who are poor.
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