Much has been made of the time that these teenage boys spent in the police precinct that night. The fact that they were there so long is often brought up to paint a picture of them as having been treated unfairly. What isn’t mentioned is the reason why they were made to stay so long. It also is rarely mentioned that several of the boys were sent home rather quickly.
Again, there were 37 teens brought in. Not all were brought in on the same day. It took time to round some of them up. This idea that they all sat in the precinct for the same amount of time just isn’t supported by any facts.
It also should be noted that New York City has some laws regarding how minors can be questioned. By law, they actually need their parents there to be questioned. What also is almost never mentioned is that some of their parents didn’t seem to care much that their kids were locked up. They took their time in getting there which ultimately held up the process for everyone involved because none could be released until all of them had given statements. The reason for that is because the police didn’t know what each boy would say about the others. So, they had to wait for their parents and for them all to give statements.
Another law that held up the process is the fact that juveniles can only be questioned in one specific room that has been pre-approved for the purpose of juvenile interrogations, one at a time. So if 37 teens need to be questioned at roughly 45 minutes each, how many hours would it take before they were all done? 37×45= 1665/60= 27.75…. If my math is correct that is more than 24 hours worth of interrogations, not including any breaks for sleep, shift changes, food, conversations, etc.