JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process: Mary: Pre-sentencing is just the inmates in a small
"viewing" room with the judge on a video call. The
judge simply read the charges each inmate was
being charged with and stated whether or not he
found validation in the warrant or arrest. After
that, I was taken back to the holding cell until
it was time to be moved to regular population.
JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested. Mary: I was taken to the police station for questioning,
but I was released after the questioning. A few
months later, I was pulled over while driving. The
police officer ran my identification and told me I
had a warrant. I was immediately arrested then and
taken to the county jail house.
JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall. Mary: We were all chained together to go to the court
house. We walked from a holding cell into the court
room with our hands and feet shackled. The worst
part was not being able to raise your right hand
when being sworn in because they were shackled to
JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of? Mary: I was charged & sentenced with 8 counts of grand
theft and 5 counts of petit theft.