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Interview with Jen, Karen and Will

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Jen: the pre-sentencing seeming to take forever, you sit in the county for at least 3 to 7 days before this even happens, then you are schacked and taken to the court house across town for however long that they decide that they want you to sit in a lttle pink bathroom locked in hancuffs until yo see a judge.
Karen: I was held in jail so there was no pre sentencing process for myself. Court was done through the television process. I am sure my mom went to court to see what happened to me and had to contact my public defender to find out what was happening which I know was hard on her and not fair to her.
Will: I turned myself in to a local police department. It was pre-arranged by my lawyer.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Jen: no
Karen: The Police stopped me while walking down the street after I had purchased the drugs. I was taken into custody and searched and they found the drugs. I was walking in a well known drug area and they happen to be watching the house that I bought the drugs from.
Will: A detective came to my hospital room 2 days after I got out of surgery. I was pretty incoherrent at the time, but I did manage to tell him I wanted my lawyer present. He was very nice and agreed to come back when I was more aware.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Jen: a vey scary and confusing process, it seems like they found more charges then was actually there at the time, and since I had never been in trouble, it was like they were making an example out of my case.
Karen: I was incarcerated so I had television court. They took me into a small room where there was a monitor and all I saw was the judge on the screen. My mom was in the court room but I could not see her, but she could see and hear me on the television in the court room.
Will: Court was a real treat because it was the only time I was able to either get out of my bed that I was handcuffed to for 40 days or my cell with I was in 24hr lockdown. So I actually looked forward to going to court, where I could actually talk to other people and not be isolated.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Karen: Original charges was possession of heroin. Was charged with possession and complicity to theft and possession of criminal tools.
Will: My original charge where aggrevated roberry-F1 and a F2 and F3 all having to do with the robbery. I was convicted of roberry F2-

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