Public Defender Report slams police for increase in unnecessary arrests

The Public Defender’s Office on Sunday submitted a report to Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked slamming the police for an increase in unnecessary arrests, contradicting the purposes of the Arrests Law.

Referenced in the report are numerous cases where persons were arrested provisionally and their original arrests were then repeatedly extended despite that in the end no indictment was ever filed against them.

The report has a special focus on indictments filed by the state against poor persons whose crimes involved stealing food, living illegally in uninhabited public housing and stealing water or electricity where the defendants were having difficulty affording those basic necessities.


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