Value of Jail Time

How much is a day in jail worth? If you are a wrongly incarcerated man from Houston the answer is about $800. Back in the late 80’s George Rodriguez was tried and convicted for the kidnapping and rape of a Houston woman. That conviction was built on evidence from the Houston Police Department crime lab. It was later determined that Rodriguez’s conviction was the result of false testimony given by a former crime lab manager, James Bolding, and Rodriguez was ordered released from prison by the Court of Criminal Appeals, who also ordered he be given a new trial. The DA decided against doing that.

Rodriguez then sued the city of Houston. A federal jury just awarded him $5,000,000. That works out to about $800 a day.


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