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Interview with Mish, Sally, Pace, Baby, Jamie, Gerard, Jessica, Manuel, Jay, LKai, Josie, George, Terry, Pebbles, Miles and Raella

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Mish: 240 Days
Sally: MY SENTENCE WAS 90 DAYS, BUT I ACTUALLY DID 48 DAYS... SO A LITTLE LESS THAN (12 DAYS) THE ACTUAL TIME.... BECAUSE I WAS SET FOR 2 CASES... ITS KINDA KEWL THAT I ONLY HAD TO DO 48 INSTEAD OF 60
Pace: 1st time four months. Last time 16 months prison.
Baby: I did 14 on my sentence and now I have my full sentencing . I start in a few weeks is for ninty days, But I am suppose to get time served, for the time I was already in for so hopefully I will do my 48 days
Jamie: well the first time 90 days
Gerard: Initially the DA had an offer for 40 days in jail with no restraining order against me with my wife but I knew that 40 days in jail would mean that I wouldn't have a job, family or home to come back to. So I took another offer which was 10 days in a jail with a restraining order. Because this is Orange County, I ended up serving roughly 2/3 of the sentence. So I got out on day 7 at like 2:00 am. My public defender didn't really counter anything that the DA offered. My advice to anyone out there is to get your own lawyer. Borrow money if you have to but you WILL get screwed if you let a public defender represent you. Several times I asked my defender to ask the judge for this or that and each time the DA countered with some objection. The judge sided with the DA each time. My public defender just stood there and accepted.
Jessica: 6 months
Manuel: 6 months
Jay: 365 days
LKai: I only did a 3 day stint, but I learned a lot.
Josie: 30 days at 50%. i served 15 actual days,
George: 16 months, but half time. I had 22 days actual time credit.
Terry: 51 WEEKS, EQUIVALENT TO 1 YEAR IN JAIL
Pebbles: I got 120 days and only did like 30 and got offered a program called cwp after I was sentenced. They came to the farm and I worked at brad gates . They ad a zero to your days left example if you have 120 days you get 1200 hours. After being out for a month I turned myself back in to finish my time I was tired of working for free.
Miles: Five years informal probation, DUI classes, and suspension of Driving privileges for one year. Also a 1800 fine.

JM: Did you spend time in a holding cell after your sentencing? If so, what was that like? If you didn't where did they they take you instead?
Mish: Yes I did. I was in a tank under the court house all day with a bunch of other girls.
Sally: YES I WATED FOR THE BUS TO ARRIVE THAT WAS LIKE I WANTED TO GET BACK TO MY ACCTUAL CELL AND GO TO SLEEP.
Pace: Yes, it's call the music cells for a reason. They have X amount of time to house you that's why the intake deputies want to have there turn at ruining your life
Baby: I lived in what the call the Loop for like 3 days, after my arrest I was in solitary for a day no breakfast lunch or dinner in there, and then I was in the jail hospital for 3 days for the blood transfusion then lost in the loop for 3 I only was on max lock down cell which is 23 hour lock down only out for getting your meals, med calls, and a shower. Which the male guards can stand there and watch you so you basically take one with a towel on. no tv or phone
Jamie: oh yea with about 100 other girls it was cold
Gerard: In Orange County, the court day is a full day not because your sentencing takes all day (it takes minutes) but because you came on a bus with 50 other guys who are also going through sentencing. Going back to my holding cell after the judge threw the book at me was a sobering experience. Before I saw the judge, I was pretty optimistic from what the other inmates were telling me about a case like mine but afterwards, I started trying to mentally prepare myself for more jail time. It was really hard to do.
Jessica: Yes, when you go to court you are held in holding cells all day. They pull you out around 4am and then place you in a holding cell until you go to court. Once you are done with court you sit in a holding cell until they bring you back to the jail. Usually don't get back to your bed until 8pm. Long day!
Manuel: yes they stink no bathroom in it all you eat is a sandwitch,a cookie and a juice you can be there all day till 7pm or 8 pm
Jay: Yes, all day.. You go at 4am to the court, sit around in a holding cell untill your called up to the court room for 5 mins. Then you sit in the cell with up to 50 other inmates until the bus brings you back around 6-7pm.
Raella: I spent 16 hours in the holding cell with 16 other girls. The most horrible experience of my life. Cool girls, but no beds, no air, no phone calls.
LKai: No, my crime was only an infraction. I only did 2 nights, 3 days prior to my court appearance. I was in a 'worker tank', which had multiple bunks. I'm Asian, so they put me in with the other Asians. We also shared that with the Blacks. The Asians would stay on one side, and the Blacks would stay on the other. We also had two different showering areas, as well as toilets and such. It wasn't bad at all, just boring mostly. You find yourself knowing how to play cards very fast, since that's what we were doing every day.
Josie: yes they kept us in a over crowded holding cell with 30 women and one toilet.
George: No. When I was sentenced, I asked for and received five weeks to get things settled with my family. I turned myself in to the court at 9am and waited for a hellish six or seven hours until they got to me. I spent about an hour in a holding cell and then was delivered to a dormitory at the Main jail.
Terry: AFTER SENTENCING WENT RIGHT BACK TO SAME HOLDING CELL TO WAIT FOR THE REST OF THE INMATES COURTS DOCKETS TO END, SO WE COULD BE TRANSPORTED BACK TO JAIL. SAME BAG LUNCHES, ICE COLD CELLS.
Pebbles: I was in the look when I first got arrested and Irc Is the worst it takes like 10 hours for them to house you or ship you to a different jail.
Miles: I was given a seven day furlough to get my committments in order. When I was set for my first court date they automatically took me into jail custody right there in the court. I was a college student at the time and was in the middle of a class, and could not afford to post bail. So it was plead guilty and get the seven day furlough, or plead not guilty and fight the case from jail, which I really thought I had a strong chance to beat it or at least reduce charges. When my furlough time was up I had to voluntarily turn myself into the Theo Lacy jail. That was a 20 hour concrete no sleep nightmare. They transfer you holding cell to holding cell with no mattresses or pillows just cold concrete to sleep on. You get sack lunch with peanut butter or rotted bologna sandwiches.

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