In the April 5 article “Murder cases see court action, Superior Court Judge Rusty Duke said, “Everybody back there (the Pitt County Detention Center) has a problem with something. This is not the Hilton or the Holiday Inn.”
No, it is more like the Bates Motel or Hanoi Hilton. PCDC is a detention center, not a jail. It is a place where poor people who cannot afford bail must stay until they go to trial — sometimes two, three or five years later. Their constitutional rights are not to be denied.
The Bill of Rights, the Eighth Amendment, prohibits excessive bail and cruel or unusual punishment.
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