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Interview with Ellen

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Ellen: The wait to be housed is 48 hours in a dirty pod. They transferred me from bed to bed with no shower. Finally getting a bed and a shower Waking up about 4:00 am to go to go to court to just go down stairs and sit in a holding cell till about 6:00 am when the buses arrived.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Ellen: Yes actually one of the times I was arrested my boy friend at the time called and told them where I was. They came to check me out taking me into custody. I have been in parole sweeps before for other people being caught in it for warrants I had. custody.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Ellen: The holding cell was really cold and packed of girls begging for more toilet paper. We all shared the same toilet where there is a sink/fountain for drinking water all connected. It was horrible since I was pregnant at the time. It was a very long day to the point I was sharing a space on the hard concrete with 20 different girls. waiting to either go back or be seen.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Ellen: probation violation and drug paraphernalia.

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