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Interview with Darcy

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Darcy: I was arrested and booked into the Lompoc Jail, after becomming really sick and being taken to the hospital emergency room I was transported to Santa Barbara County Jail. I was put in a holding tank for about 4 hours, with 20 other women, the room was filthy, no toilet paper, and the toilet and sink area was filthy as well. Finally I was taken to the housing unit they housed me in, there were women sleeping on the floor because they were over booked, and I did not get to appear in court for my sentencing for two more weeks.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Darcy: No, I was detained in a store by undercover police and was picked up there by police officers, this was on my last arrest. There was another time I was accused of shop lifting a police officer harrassed me by phone and banged on my door with out identifying himself.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Darcy: They take you out in court in shackles and cuffs, you sit in the jury box. In the court I go to the district attorney is arrougant and rude. He takes into account nothing about your story or who it affects. You don't get to speak freely to the judge either.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Darcy: My original charge was embezzelment in 2006, I was then violated several times on probation and then picked up on shoplifting charges were I maxed out my time to get off probation.

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