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Interview with Henry, Bob and Cory

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Henry: Upon my arrests, I had violation of probation charges. I was denied bond. I couldnt afford a private defense attorney, and had to wait over 90 days for a public-defender. I recieved very little information regarding my cases while incarcerated.
Bob: I did not have a pre-sentencing as I was incarcerated for a misdemeanor DUI charge. I had a private attorney plead me guilty at my arraignment having already made arrangements with the prosecutor for the sentence (which the judge accepted and imposed).
Cory: It was a long process that took 8 months of trial b/c I didnt take a plea. If I wouldve taken the plea bargain I probably would've been sentenced right away instead of dragging the process on. I knew I was innocent but theonly witness was the guys girlfriend and she lied in his favor by saying he was jumped, pulled out of his car n robbed.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Henry: No. I was arrested at the scene of my crime both times.
Bob: No - the police never came to my home.
Cory: No police came to my home. I was out in public at a movie theatre with 2 of my boys and one of them got into a fight with a random guy over a girl. The guy lost the fight but said he was jumped by me and our friend and that he was robbed. We left but the cops stopped us at a traffic light and surrounded our vehicle and took us in.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Henry: I had 4 court appearances over a 15 month span. I was shackled and belly-chained. I was transported in a van with very very little room to move, let alone breathe clean air.
Bob: I had a bond hearing the day after my arrest. The bond hearing was conducted through a video link between the jail and courthouse. My arraignment was conducted in the same manner (via video link). It took approximately 18 days from the date of my arrest to my arraignment date and considering I had my bond revoked at the bond hearing, it was the longest 18 days of my life.
Cory: I was not given a bail/bonded out so court was not a good experience as I had to be transfered from the main jail to the court every month for my hearing. i was on a bus with othe rinmates and we were all linked together and shackled like animals.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Cory: The original charges were strong armed robbery, burglary with assualt, which are all punishable by life (PBL) so no bail was granted.

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