When Brittany Levy Evans' husband was swept up in November as part of the Black Guerrilla Family case and accused of murder conspiracy, she knew he would expect to only wait a day to see a judge.
But as 24 hours passed without a hearing, she began calling the Baltimore jail every day, looking for answers. As Anthony Evans, 21, spent days in jail, his wife spent hours on hold.
"I was in the dark," Brittany Evans said. "I didn't get no explanation, no nothing. … They would just give us a runaround."
Her husband ended up being held without bail.
Still, families grappling with allegations against their loved ones look to bail decisions as a way to clarify the circumstances they will face pending trial. And Anthony Evans' lawyer, Thomas J. Maronick Jr., said suspects have a right to a quick hearing, no matter how serious their charges.
"It's a matter of justice," Maronick said.
Baltimore Sun reporters Quinn Kelley and Brandi Bottalico contributed to this article.
Baltimore prosecutors obtained indictments against 205 defendants in 2013. Electronic court records detailed the waits that 122 of those defendants had for a bail hearing. Of those:
•58 waited less than three days
•43 waited from three to seven days
•21 waited more than seven days
Source: Baltimore state's attorney's office and court records