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Interview with Allie

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Allie: Two and a half years ago, I was in an argument with someone, a domestic thing. The police officer took us to jail even though it wasn't physical. We both plead guilty and both received probation. Here they make it almost impossible to get off probation. They drag it out and charge a lot of money for probation itself, and the classes that are required. I paid my fines but put off doing my classes. I turned myself in so I could go in front of the judge. I just wanted this behind me. My probation ended when I went before the judge and explained my situation. I just had to finish paying my fine.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Allie: When I was initially arrested I stayed in the Richmond County jail for two days. Just recently I turned myself in because I wanted to go before the judge and ask for my probation to end.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Allie: I don't really have any complaints about court. They do get you in pretty fast. They had court Monday-Friday. I feel like the sentences are fair, it is just the jail and probation process that make it so difficult to get through this system.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Allie: Charged and convicted of misdemeanor familyd violence

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