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Interview with PJ, Katherine, Jimmy, Baldy, Richard, Danielle, Max and Karen

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
PJ: There was not much of a pre-sentencing process because it was a driving related charge.
Katherine: Well there wasnt one really. I spent most of my time just waiting to go to court.
Jimmy: violated probation after getting caught with a gun sat in their for 3 months before sentencing
Baldy: It was the awfullest thing Ive ever imagined.
Richard: you get put into a holding cell, usually fed once between booking photos and also receive a blanket to lay on the holding cell floor.then you get screened by a nurse to see where the deputies at the jail are going to house you until you go to court.
Danielle: this was actually really chaotic. the public defenders office is so overbooked that you cant call them on the phone from the jail because they are never in the office.the only time you see them is when you go to court. then tnhey want you to take your first plea which is absolutely rediculous and always involvers jail time or prison.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
PJ: no
Katherine: No. The only time they stopped by my house was tp pick me up on 3 different warrants 3 different times they came and they waited Untill i got bailed out and then the last time i just coulndt afford to get out again.
Jimmy: no was in jail
Baldy: No I would have got away if they did that
Max: DUI
Richard: no the police did not stop by my house for questioning.i was homeless in titusville florida at the time of the incident.i was sleeping in the passenger seat of a friends car in a walgreens parking lot without his girlfriends consent drinking alcohol in the parking lot of the store
Danielle: no the police didnt come to my house. i was arrested while i was driving on a suspended license which then revoked my felony probation which inturn onsite violated my probation.then i was booked into melbourne polce dept and was then transported to bcdc after about a 9 hour wait.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
PJ: The judge explained the offense to me. I had a choice if I wanted a lawyer to represent me. I entered my plea of guilty.
Katherine: Horrible because nothing happened. They just kept setting my court date further and further.
Jimmy: everyone was the same shackled up in a holding cell talking to my attorney telling me how much time im facing
Baldy: very routine, long waiting process, and hardly people friendly
Max: Bond Hearing
Karen: It was a long drawn out process, sat in holding cells and courtroom what seemed to be FOREVER!
Richard: sometimes it can be nerve racking when you are originally charged with a felony it also takes hours and hours in the holding cell before you get into the courtroom, you are handcuffed to yourself and behind a glass wall when seeing the judge and then you get fingerprinted before going back to the pod
Danielle: therer was about 30 plus inmates waiting to seee the judges.that was just upstairs. there was a good 30 more downstairs waiting. attys and public defenders were running around like crazy trying to make pleas for everybody. if you diodnt take the plea then you would come back to court 1-2 months later.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Max: DUI
Karen: Original charges were battery, but they were dropped because they were FALSE to begin with
Richard: i was originally charged with burglary to vehicle and ended up being convicted of trespassing
Danielle: driving on suspended license with knowledge felony violation of probation

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