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Interview with DL.Bliss, Keith, Michelle and Roxy

JM: Tell us about the pre-sentencing process:
DL.Bliss: i was arrested on a year old warrant. I posted bail to await my hearing. I was arraigned on the charge of violation of probation and failure to appear. I plead no contest.
Keith: Its long process just waiting basically until they feel its time for sentencing and it doesnt make sense because it takes 2 to 4 weeks for pre sentencing to end then you could actually be set back if new people are being incarcerated which hurts you also every day here
Michelle: iwas at jail east from august 3, 2009 until november 26, 2009.
Roxy: Well pre sentencing made me nervous just like court the questioning slight background check the stare downs i mean it felt just like the real thing waiting around for them to call your name for pre sentencing interview session pre sentencing feels just like the real thing every time any day

JM: Did you have police stop by your house for questioning? If not please give us details on how you came to be arrested.
DL.Bliss: no
Keith: Police came to my house actially for questioning then later i was summon to court which led to a eventual arrest so basically i came in got question was held then convicted for my crime you could say i mean i almost went to trail but i was given a great deal
Michelle: i was arrested at work for id theft.
Roxy: Well actually it was my childs birthday we was celebrating partying laughing dancing just having a good time until we got a thunderous knock which the sheriff informed me that i had a active arrest warrant so i went downtown for booking and processing and await the judges decisions for release

JM: What was court like? Please give as many details as you recall.
DL.Bliss: It took a long time. I came at 9:00 am and didn't leave till around 2:45 pm. The bailiff was helpful.
Keith: Cold uncalled for unreasonable unfair they dont respect you dont want to hear from you just want you to be bashed by their action and words and great i had a paid lawyer because a public defender works to hurt you in every which way possible which aint right at all
Michelle: i went to court three times and each time was a long process. very long wait.
Roxy: Court so much i can say about court people who change to spectators the feeling knowing somebody is about to judge you by a bad mistake you make gives you a underdog feeling the person who types out everything said prosecutor lawyers trying to come to an agreement family hoping you come home

JM: What were your original charges? What did you end up being convicted of?
Keith: Vandlism under 500 disordrly conduct
Michelle: identiy theft and theft between 500.00 to 1000.00.
Roxy: My original charges was aggravated assault which was overturn to simple assault

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