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Interview with Tawnie

JM: How long was your sentencing for?
Tawnie: I don't remember, but the point being that they had made me a 'deal' where if I'd plead guilty there would be no jail time, which I refused since I was NOT GUILTY. When I was not able to follow pre-trial release conditions because I was made destitute by the system and drank in order to cope & was honest about my failing and punished for doing exactly what any depressed alcoholic in my shoes would have done (the only thing one could do really). Why do they expect an "alcoholic/addict" to suddenly be able to stay clean/sober without appropriate treatment/help/support when that is the whole point of the 'condition' or disease of addiction to begin with? It makes no sense, and sets one up for failure. I tried of course, but was unable to maintain sobriety under extreme duress and no help, or not the right kind of help. I got put in jail for being an alcoholic basicly, and for not lying about my condition (I learned quickly that you are supposed to lie, they don't reward honesty, only deceit). My sentence was like a year I think, with all but 10 days suspended (since I'd already been in there 10 days).

JM: Did you spend time in a holding cell after your sentencing? If so, what was that like? If you didn't where did they they take you instead?
Tawnie: Yes, it was torture, plain and simple. what made it worse is the abusive jailer on duty at the time. I needed medical attention and did not get it. He taunted me and was pscyhologically abusive. my mental health detiorated rapidly over. I was in there like 8 hours.

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