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Interview with Kandra and Paul

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Kandra: I did not have pre-sentencing for this incident. I was only booked and processed but allowed to wait in the area because I had called a bonding company to make contact with my family. If I am able to give further information about Fulton County Jail then I would have pre-sentencing information.
Paul: book, fingerprint, medical, place in cells that are for pre - sentencing, meet with mediator to discuss plea bargain, then meet with officer to be screened for gang envolvement, enemies, past problems with officers, family ties, then you discuss sexual preferences, are you gay, bi, do you have any connections in this jail etc

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Kandra: No. The police never came to my home for this arrest in Atlanta City Jail. In this case, I was arrested for shoplifting at a Publix grocery store on Ponce de Leon Ave in Atlanta, GA. The item reported stolen was valued at $2.75. The loss prevention person (security) stopped me when I was cranking my car. He had the Atlanta Police officer stand behind my car to halt me from driving off.
Paul: i was in the park that is known for drug and alcohol exchange, a guy cane up and asked for some shots (single bottles) of liquor, i told him i know who has them and started to the guy, when we got there and the guy pulled the alcohol, the cops came up and handcuffed both of us

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Kandra: I can recall having to be there early in the morning. There were no inmates present at the court date. The public defender that I was assigned was more than helpful and the judge was very efficient since there was no one there to confirm from Publix the charges of shoplifting.
Paul: IT WAS STUPID !!! there were about 35 people before the judge, at least 32 of them were for alcohol in public, urinating in public, over aggressive panhandling and petty theft, i observed at least 12 with mental issues, most have been repeatedly arrest then released, this was my second time

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Kandra: Theft by shoplifting. No convictions.
Paul: illegal alcohol sales, punishment was to stay out of the park, and six months in county jail

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