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Full interview (by category)Interview with Jack, Jerry, Sarah, Jesse, Kristie, Tim, Judith and Hector
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JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Jack: had to do weekends in the holding cell for 4 weeks.
Jerry: 5 months
Sarah: No sentence, just nearly a year missing out on my life and that of my children.
Jesse: No sentencing
Kristie: I was sentenced to 90 days.
Tim: 10 years, do 5 in prison and spent 5 in court ordered counseling and be on the sex offender registry for life.
Judith: I was sentenced to 10 years, serve 1.
Hector: 90 days, 1st offense
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?
Jack: Yes It was awful....The people that were there doing weekend time had to suffer through all the Drunks and drugged out people that were processed on a nightly basis.....
Sarah: I spent A LOT of time in a holding cell back and forth for court about my kids in foster care and it was AWFUL. it was gross, smelly and freezing.
Jesse: I was make to feel like an animal. It was expectially cold all the ladies were trying to warm themselves some wrappinh toilet paper around there hands and faces.When I asked officer R.Tieu for a blanket he ordered me back to the roomI told him I had a medical problem he laughed and told me to move back, then he proceeded to laugh point and makeloud jokes about me to another officer.
Kristie: I spent two days in a freezing, disgusting holding cell. If you had to pee there was a toilet in the room only hidden by a metal divider. Male officers could see you go. They kept the temperature in the 60's allegedly to keep germs down but I believe it was just another form of torture. Twice a day in the cell they bring you a carton of juice and a "lunch meat" and "cheese" sandwich on white bread.. I believe there was an orange as well. At any given time there were 5-10 other women in there all fighting over the one phone. There were boxes of feminine products everywhere. Pretty much I just cried and prayed that no one really needed to use the restroom.
Tim: I was not sentenced in Gwenette but like all jails and prisons in Georgia it was race based and whites are a target both by the cops and the inmates. I was beaten and had my nose broken and as with all prisons I was denied medical attention.
Judith: Oh Lord!! I was held in their holding cell for 72 hours!! It was miserable! It was freezing cold in there and very crowded.If you wanted to lay down you had to do it in the nasty floor, and allyou had to eat the whole time was bologna sandwiches and milk.
Hector: Dirty and packed holding cells. Peanut butter sandwiches and a baby orange juice.
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