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Interview with Louisa

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Louisa: I got 3 years probation. I am still on probation. I have to pay court costs, fines and restitution (which is paid off). I make payments monthly. 150 hours of community service. Now I have to do 25 hours community service or hold down a job for at least 25 hours a week. I can't get a job because I now have a felony conviction on my record. So I do 25 hours of community service each week.

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?
Louisa: Yes. It was like hell. You are put in the holding cell and you sit there and wait. They fingerprint and mugshot you. They put you back. It's very very cold in there. Then they make you take a shower and use this tar soap for your hair that treats for headlice. They give you one pair of panties, one sports bra, one pair of socks, and pants and shirt and a t- shirt. They give you a bedroll with two topsheets and a pillow case. Some of them are very dirty looking. They give you a wool blanket and a towel and you hope to God it's clean. They give you a sack that has a tooth brush that is tiny, a little tube of toothpaste, soap and roll on deodorant. Then they take you to the main area where you will live. Holding is for 3-8 hours, depending on how many people are there getting booked in. There were only 2 of us and I was there 5 hours.

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