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Interview with Rhea

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Rhea: I stayed in holding until my court date. I was arrested on the spot, at the Galleria mall. I was taken into a private room, told by loss prevention they knew that I was shoplifting, and told to give them the stuff that I'd stolen, then asked for my i.d.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Rhea: No, I was arrested for shoplifting. As soon as I exited the store, I was stopped by loss prevention and the police were called. The police asked what I had stolen, asked if I had ever been arrested before, asked me what I was thinking and why I was shoplifting.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Rhea: Court was court. No one would bond me out, so I sat in jail until I had a court date. I stayed in holding until I had court. I was extremely sick by the time I had court, as I had been addicted to drugs when I was arrested. The judge was very nice. He was very understanding and told me he would help me anyway he could.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Rhea: My original charge was theft of property in the third.

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