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Interview with Katy, Sarah and Laura

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Katy: I had gotten in trouble and I turned myself in. I went to jail. I was let out on my own recognizance. I had to go to court a week later and was taken to jail that day.
Sarah: I was held in a common area (holding cell) with no information. I did not see my Public defender until I was called up for bond/plea. I was given a bond and court date, no other information. When I requested information on what I was being charged with I was informed I would find out in court.
Laura: They do a pre-sentence investigation. They asked me a lot of questions, like my drug history, if I was remorseful, etc. How easy it was to find drugs in my neighborhood, how my relationship is with my family, they ask about your juvenile record, to see how you respond to their questions

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Katy: I turned myself in.
Sarah: I was arrested while at work (arrest 1) and at the store I was shoplifting from. I was asked to come to speak with officers in the location I I had worked and stolen from to speak with them as well as be transported to the jail. I had one detective come to my home to question me, however I was not arrested at my home though a warrent was put out and was put in place when arrested in a store.
Laura: Originally my boyfriend at the time and I had our names on their list to question. We were getting high so we were staying in a motel, they found us there. He had other charges and was taken to jail. later they knew it was me too and I was arrested at a friends house

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Katy: They were pretty strict. I got 30 days for my first offense. They appointed me a public defender who I talked to for a total of 5 minutes. The public defender told me I wouldn't serve any time. While I was serving my sentence for this first offense, my boyfriend got caught doing something illegal. Because we were living together prior to being incarcerated, I was convicted of a felony. I was not at all impressed with the public defenders office.
Sarah: I was held in the holding tank for approximately 5 hours, in handcuffs and shackles with approximately 20 other inmates. The only time anyone came back was to get someone for court. No attorney came to speak with me, I did not know what was going on. I found out the charges, bond, etc until in the court.
Laura: Embarassing. The room is filled with people and the public defenders don't really know what's going on either. Very nerve racking. The judges talk to you like you're an idiot and like you're Hannibal Lecter. Cops are in there too just to make sure we don't run I guess. Everyone stares at you

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Katy: Original charge was grand theft, and it was dropped to theft from an elderly person. Then while I was in jail on the theft charge, I was charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth and illegal assembly of a lab. I was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture and the illegal assembly was dropped.
Sarah: I was charged with multiple Felony theft, misuse of a credit card, and falisification. I was conviced of 4 thefts and one Falsification.
Laura: My original charges were falsification, a few thefts, obstruction, 13 counts of burglary. I was convicted of 1 theft, 2 burglaries

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