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Interview with Eric, Paul and Cody

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
Eric: did not have one
Paul: I sat in jail after I was charged. I sat there until I was sentence. Which felt like took for ever I hated it. You feel like your missing ur whole life flash b4 you. Jail is not fun an not a place to be stay out of it trust me
Cody: The jail was overcrowded to begin with when first arriving. The food was horrible and the prices for commissary where unreasonable. The C.O's are very very rude and childish.The jail had a lot of racial segregation. The time dragged and they always postpone your court dates last minute without even informing you. They will force you to take medicines you don't need.

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
Eric: i was shoplifting at target got busted there
Paul: I was arrested on sence. I was at the station for 10 hrs I didn't eat could only us the bathroom twice. Didn't feed us nothing. The cruel an inhuman to do. Felt like I was gone forever nevertheless alive felt useless in jail.. I missed my friends an family
Cody: Warrant for not checking in with p.o. which was for a previously served westmoreland charge, illegally was I asked to present I.d. by springdale police officer I fcomplied and got arrested. Previously when I first got charged they did not question me either they never came to my house caught me with a warrant.

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
Eric: brought from jail to court holding cell,went be for the judge,and plead guilty
Paul: Alot or anticipation i was nervous anxiety through the roof. Alot f debate as well. I thought I was doing years. This legal system is fucked up. Esp for ppl that had a clean record... screwed us over good. Can't get no jobs nothing. I feel useless with out a job
Cody: Court took forever to get to in the first place it was a waiting game. The judges were okay but they were harsher on drug dealers then they were on sex offenders which I thought was ridiculous. They had their favorites you could tell but I guess that's how it goes. As long as you have a lawyer the judges do go by the law so you have a fair chance.

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Eric: 6 counts of retail theft,3 defiant trespassing
Paul: 2 counts burglary 2 Counts theft 2counts conspiracy to burglary 1 criminal trespass after 2 counta burglary 2 theft charges 1 conspiracy charge
Cody: Manufacturing sale delivery, got convicted on all

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