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November 5, 2010

Overcrowded jail lacks room for non-violent offender who keep trying to get in

A helpful reader altered me to this amusing local article, which is headlined "Thief can't get in, now won't go to jail." Here are the basics:

Despite being a criminal, Carla Freeman's persistence paid off Wednesday when a judge decided she didn't have to go to jail after all.

Freeman, 28, was an employee in 2004 at the Pleasant Ridge Home Depot when she was charged with voiding sales for friends and letting them take items without paying. She was convicted of theft and placed on probation with the stipulation she pay $2,278 for Home Depot restitution, court costs and fines. Six years later, though, Freeman hadn't paid that money so Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Melba Marsh ordered Freeman's probation ended and told her to go to jail for 180 days.

Freeman reported Jan. 4 to the jail to serve her sentence. She was turned away because the overcrowded jail had no room for her. For about two years, the jail has been turning low-level, non-violent criminals away, often telling them to return later to serve the sentences, because there was no room.

Freeman showed up at the jail again March 8 and she again was told to come back later due to overcrowding. She tried several more times, each time being turned away. "She's tried eight times to get in and can't," Freeman's attorney, Ed Noe, said Wednesday. She tried again April 16, June 2, July 7, Aug. 8, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15....

"That's not unusual at all, especially for females," sheriff's spokesman Steve Barnett said Wednesday. "We just don't have room for them."

Freeman has been trying to get into the jail for so long, Noe said, that she just gave birth and likely wouldn't be accepted in her next scheduled reporting date, Nov. 29. "They don't take breast-feeders," Marsh said of the jailers.

Noe filed a motion asking Marsh to release Freeman.   Marsh agreed and ordered Freeman released.

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now this was pretty assinine!

"Freeman reported Jan. 4 to the jail to serve her sentence. She was turned away because the overcrowded jail had no room for her. For about two years, the jail has been turning low-level, non-violent criminals away, often telling them to return later to serve the sentences, because there was no room."

As far as im concerned...her first time showing up and being turned away was the end of it. After that sentence is OVER! and it damn sure shouldn't take getting ANOTHER lawyer she can't afford to make it official...should be AUTOMATIC!

Posted by: rodsmith | Nov 5, 2010 12:14:17 PM

Here are the basics? That's the entire article except for 35 words. I'm a big fan of fair use but this is pushing it.

Posted by: Barksdale | Nov 5, 2010 9:09:54 PM

lol why. i see full articles all the time. i usualy read the article here or wherever...THEN go to where it came from and read it there and see any comments. The only real problem i see with this one is there is no link to the original creator of the article and it's location.

Posted by: rodsmith | Nov 6, 2010 12:49:44 AM

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