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Interview with Viktor, Veronica and Paula

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Viktor: I pretty much knew I was going to jail. I went to court on a probation violation, and they wouldn't reinstate my probation, so I was sent that day to serve 3 months.
Veronica: I remained in jail while they did this I filled out a packet of papers answered a lot of questions about personnel criminal history and mental history. they gather all this information and decide what box you fall into and you get sentenced from that so everything ties together that how.
Paula: Pre sentencing really drags out. You do your paperwork for the probation if that is what was offered to you or you just wait for them to take you to prison. Your first court date is right away then the next one is like a month away then the last court date is like 8 weeks away.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Viktor: no
Veronica: I was arrested my charge was possession of stolen merchandise. They stop by my house. They found some stolen merchandise I had in my garage. First they said I stole it but I didn't but I wouldn't tell them who gave it to me so that's when they charged me with theft.
Paula: Yes the police came to my house looking for me I was there but I told my family to tell them I wasn't there. They said they had a warrant for my arrest and needed to find me. I didn't want to go to jail so I hid from them.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Viktor: It went fast. The PO recommended jail, I gave a couple reasons against that, and the judge sentenced me.
Veronica: I had been arrested. I went to court in black and white stripped clothes it was humiliating to say the least. I was giving a public defender and giving another court date. that is about a month or so away so if you couldn't bond out you sat in there till then
Paula: Well first off if you can't bond out then your in the court room in the blue and white striped clothes they give you. You feel so degraded and like you are a nothing. They treat you like that to. But you sit there until the judge calls your name then more than likely they postpone it for another court date.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Veronica: Theft was the original charge a felony. I was convicted of possession of stolen property. a felony
Paula: possession of stolen property. They dropped it to deperation of property with out the intent of stealing it.

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