Carlos Montero was just 17 years old when he was arrested and for the past seven years he has been waiting in Rikers Island for a trial. According to the New York Post, he is in jail because he was with two friends in Washington Heights when one fatally stabbed a man and the other slashed on Oct. 23, 2008.
Montero has tried to get his case before a judge separate from the two “friends” he was with that night, but nothing. His lawyer won’t even seek bail thinking he is a lost cause. The state policy that is supposed to give a prisoner trial within 180 days does not work for murder trials, so he must keep waiting.
Think about it this way: the cost to house one inmate in 2012 was $167,731.