Oh, Poor Baby
You might think that after the first three or four trips to prison, someone might have learned something, but we guess not:
- Tina Hunt had gone to the Cook County criminal courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue to attend her son's court appearance in November 2013 when she found herself in a dispute with sheriff's deputies.
After she was taken into custody, a sheriff's deputy charged that she kicked him in the shin during a struggle in a lockup at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.
On Wednesday, the 49-year-old grandmother is scheduled to return to the same courthouse to be sentenced for her felony conviction for aggravated battery of a peace officer.
With convictions for two violent crimes decades ago, Hunt faces a mandatory minimum of six years in prison, even though the deputy testified at trial that the kick didn't hurt and left no marks on his shin. The harsh penalty is the result of Illinois' version of the "three-strikes" law.
"It hurts bad," Hunt told a Tribune reporter at her home on Chicago's West Side as tears streamed down her face. "If I go to the penitentiary for six years, I'm going to lose everything I have, my Section 8 (housing), my (government disability) check, my freedom."
You mean you lose everything the taxpayers have been giving you for years without you taking a single step to better yourself, your situation, your life. It was never really "yours." A pretty poor rate-of-return we imagine. Prison might not be any cheaper, but it will be more satisfying to the taxpayers who might finally see something for their money - like a tiny statistical drop in crime.
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