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Interview with Greg and Tyler

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Greg: It was crowded and me and two other guys where in the same holding cell while doing the booking and only 1 chair, forcing me to sit on the COLD DIRTY floor for hours without even being checked on. After i got my cell in general population it was also crowded and had to get a 1 inch thick mat to sleep on the floor in the cell while everyone else had bunk beds. The cell was designed for 2 inmates while most had 3 in there. I also only had 1 toilet paper roll to share with 2 other men.
Tyler: I got arrested for probation violation last and I went to jail April 9th 2014 and went a bond herring to be denied bond and then I saw my probation officer and was told I had to sit in jail until June 25th for probation revocation. It is possible to get a probation bond in some cases

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Greg: I was at a party and the owner of the property showed up drunk and didn't know who me (and other guest were), and called the cops. The cops arrested 3 of us (others got away). Cops didn't ask our stories at all, they just arrested us and took us off. And the LOST my wallet as well.
Tyler: no-- I tuned myself in to my probation officer. I did not know I violated so when I went to probation office I got locked up; however while on active probation I did get random visits at my house and job from my probation officer to check up on me

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Greg: They brought a whole bunch of us in at the same time and we waited our turn. When it was time i just stood up in my row and the judge gave a sentence and once again did NOT ask my side of the story. I probably would have been let out if she just let me tell my story!
Tyler: court was quick once I walked in courtroom the court orders were reviewed and I signed my papers. the waiting period for court was long being cramped in a cell that is small with a lot of people waiting for court. but once the judge is ready court goes pretty fast

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Greg: Original charges was Criminal Trespass and Burglary. Dropped to Criminal Trespass with the intent to commit a burglary.
Tyler: I was tried and convicted of first degree forgery

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