A 24-year-old Manhattan man has spent seven years awaiting trial on Rikers—and his time in the jail isn't expected to conclude anytime soon.
Carlos Montero was arrested along with two others for a violent robbery in 2008, with the victim left slashed and stabbed, the Post reports. Since then, he's been attempting to have his case tried separately, to no avail.
“I’m depressed in here. I just want to go home,’’ he told the tabloid. He's been locked up at Rikers since he was 17.
According to the Independent Budget Office, it cost the city $167,731 in 2012 to house one inmate for a year. In March, the NY Times reported that 400 people were currently locked up at Rikers for at least for two years while awaiting trial.
The revelation about Montero comes on the heels of the suicide of Kalief Browder, who languished in the jail for three years for a crime he did not commit. He was finally released in 2013, but suffered subsequent bouts of depression and paranoia. He committed suicide in his Bronx home earlier this month.
Despite his grim prospects, Montero has managed to maintain a sunny outlook on his sentence.
“I don’t think about killing myself because I love myself,” he said. “I still think I can get justice."