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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Locked Up in Indiana

     What's worse than going to jail? Being stuck there for 77 times your original sentence. That's what happened to a 34-year-old woman from Jeffersonville, Indiana who was ordered to serve two days in the Clark County Jail…in August 2013. Destiny Hoffman was released on January 31, 2014, 154 days after she got locked up.

     Judge Jerry Jacobe oversees the Clark County Drug Court Treatment Program that Hoffman was part of, and ordered the Sheriff's Office to hold Hoffman "until further order of the court." But the order was never issued….

     Hoffman eventually did get legal help, from Deputy Prosecutor Michaelia Gilbert, who was going through old case files….Hoffman got a hearing the next day. The presiding judge called the screw-up, well, "a big screw-up." What Hoffman did or didn't do about the mix-up while in jail is unclear. The judge asked her why she didn't alert officials about her situation. She didn't give an answer….

Kate Seamons, "Woman Sent to Jail for 2 Days Stuck There for 154," Newser, January 27, 2014.  

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