The Curious Cases of Pleading Guilty While Innocent

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The Curious Cases of Pleading Guilty While Innocent

Why are so many people in Houston admitting to drug crimes they didn’t commit?
Nov 20, 2015
New York-bred, Austin-based Eric Benson has written for The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Texas Monthly, Grantland, Oxford American, and others.

On the morning of July 25, 2012, Houston police detained a woman named Rosa Sade Batts in an area that was known as a hub for prostitution and the drug trade. Batts had been standing in the street, flagging down cars and “impeding lanes of traffic,” according to the Houston Police Department’s incident report, and when the two officers approached, she and two women accompanying her crossed the street in the other direction. That was enough. The cops stopped the three women for “pedestrian violations”; then they started asking questions. Was anyone carrying weapons or something illegal? Batts told them that she was not, but she added that she had flour in her purse. Baking flour? one of the officers asked. Yes, Batts answered. She liked to eat it.

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