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4425 Memorial Drive
Decatur, GA 3003

Interview with Joey, Bob, Anne, Beth, Cheev, JJ, Denise, Brett, Andrew and Bethany

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Joey: Three Weeks
Bob: Sentence was time served, I was released w/ a sentence of the time I had already been in jail awaiting court; about 35 days.
Anne: The judge gave me credit for time served.
Beth: My case was dismissed.
Beth: 60 days but after writing the Captain, Sergeant and the recorders court clerk/judge begging and pleading- after 17 letters they released me on 08/01/2011 without bond anythng- I served 15 days
Cheev: 40 do 20 but by the time i got to court it was 24 days
JJ: the sentance was for twenty days but I'm taking it to trial.
Denise: I was sentenced to five years in prison.
Brett: I was sentenced to 5 years probation, and later, the charges were dropped and they closed my case out.
Andrew: i was sentence to 90 days
Bethany: 1 year and 2 mon

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?
Joey: No
Bob: I spent time waiting to be released; a lot of anticipation; the jail staff is never in much of a hurry.
Anne: I went back to the same cell that I was already in.
Beth: i spent time in a holding cell after i was checked. The experience was horrible. It was smelly, depressing, and wretching. I actually spent the night in jail and the remainder of the next day.
Beth: Yes- worst than a mexican prison_ i looked it up!
Cheev: it was hard
JJ: yes.the holding cell was like hell, the officers taunted inmates stating this was your home,how could the people we want our youth to repect and trust treat humans so deplorible.
Denise: Yes, they took me back to the holding cell. I just remember sitting in the corner crying, because almost everyone else who went to court with me that day was going home. The bus ride back was surreal because I knew it would be the last I saw of the outside world for a long time.
Brett: after sentencing, I was placed in a holding cell for a couple of hours until the officers brought transportation for all of the inmates. Again, it was crowded, smelled like pee, and we were all sitting in there handcuffed ans shackled.
Andrew: yes it was for hours and full of people and very hot and sweaty, there where people fighting in the holding cell and people where in there yelling the whole time
Bethany: yes i sent 8 hours in the holdin sell waitin on the too dress me out. it was cold nasty fights had too lay on the floor it was woman in there sick

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