RURAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS LOW ON PRETRIAL RESOURCES LEAVE SOME TO LANGUISH, DIE

USA Today – December 13, 2019

Shortage of money, attorneys push rural jail populations to explode. In extreme case, Wisconsin teen took his life.

Trequelle Vann-Marcouex was just 18 years old when he hanged himself, after being trapped in the Wood County, Wisconsin jail, with no attorney to defend him.

Just days earlier, Vann-Marcouex appeared in court for the first time after his arrest. A teenager standing alone in his baggy jumpsuit, Vann-Marcouex asked the judge for help. He faced robbery charges and more than 60 years in prison. [READ MORE]