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Woman Locked Up For 49 Days Without Bail Because of a Bureaucratic Mistake

A bureaucratic nightmare takes a mother away from her young child for almost two months.

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Locked up for 49 days for no reason.
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A Chicago-area woman—the mother of a six-year-old boy—was locked up for 49 days because of a series of miscommunications between several law enforcement agencies and the Cook County State's Attorney's office, CBS News reports.

Latasha Eatman was arrested in 1993 on minor marijuana possession charges and ordered by a judge to perform community service, which she attempted to do in a timely fashion, but was unable to because the place she was ordered to work was closed or had no availability for her service whenever she showed up.

Satisfied that Eatman had made numerous earnest attempts to pay her debt to the state, a judge excused her from probation. That was the end of the matter, as far as Eatman knew.

22 years later, police investigating the store where Eatman worked (looking for illegal cigarette sales, because of course) ran Eatman's name through a database, which turned up an outstanding warrant for failure to complete community service.

Eatman spent ten days behind bars before she even got to see a judge. When finally brought before the court, the judge did not believe her contention that her probation had ended decades earlier. Eatman was ordered held without bond, which is normally reserved for murderers and major flight risks. She spent another 29 days locked up, missing her son's birthday and Thanksgiving.

It was only when Cara Smith—a chief officer at the Cook County Sheriff's Office—ordered an audit of first-time offenders locked up in their jail that Eatman's case was given a thorough look. Upon reviewing Eatman's file, Smith told CBS News that she "raised holy hell with the prosecutor's office," and that Eatman was released a day later.

Eatman, who says she tried to keep her arrest from her son by telling him she was away at "big girl school," is now working overtime to cover the bills and expenses that piled up while she was wrongly incarcerated.

There is no shortage of teeth-gnashing outrage involved in the circumstances which led to Eatman's life being disrupted by the criminal justice system.

Locking someone up for marijuana possession will hopefully become a thing of the past soon, but the aggressive policing of cigarette sales (using beat cops to ensure vice taxes are being adhered to) and the stunning ease with which the state snatched a woman from her life because of a series of bureaucratic errors and zero accountability from authorities are evidence of the systemic inhumanity experienced by citizens who lack the financial resources to fight back.

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  1. Brazil wasn’t an instructional video, you morons.

    1. My first thought upon reading this was that this is some Brazil level incompetence.

      1. They would have to work hard to come UP to the level of Brazil incompetence.

  2. Look, it’s not like there are any major crimes for the police to investigate in Cook County, okay? What else do you do with all those idle cops except put them on loosie patrol?

    1. Plus rapists and murderers are, like, dangerous n shit. Better rob raid a corner store so they can work toward their #1 priority.

      1. Yep.. Low-hanging fruit.

        Why are there so many murders in Chicago? Because the police have so many more easier crimes to work on, and government is hard at work ensuring that even easier crimes are enacted.

    2. How about a RIF?

  3. How did they get her name to run through a their database? My name would have been “FuckYou GetAWarrant” if asked.

    1. Illinois is a stop and identify state. “FuckYouGetAWarrant” would have put here in jail legitimately.

  4. Hundreds of murders a year in Cook Co. and this is what the police focus on; cigarette taxes and failure to complete community service. Anyone who believes the police are there “To Protect and Serve” is not only a fool, but a damned fool. Police are nothing more than governments domestic military waging war against the citizens.

    1. But she’s black, see. Obviously someone with the name Latasha is black. And black people are disproportionately criminals and stuff, so I guess it’s safe to assume she’s a flight risk. Heck she might have a gun stuff up her twat, just shoot her.

    2. this is what the police focus on; cigarette taxes and failure to complete community service.

      These bring in cash and free labor.

      If you go after dangerous criminals, you might find one. There is no profit margin in that.

      1. You might find one and stop a bullet. Which to me isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

  5. Yo, fuck Chicago.

    1. Ewwwww! STDs out the wazooo!

  6. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.

    Later, they provided the following comment: “Why the fuck should we care? It’s not like any of us are going to be disciplined for this”

    1. I can’t stop laughing now.

    2. Bingo.

      People respond to incentives.

      Sovereign immunity means never having to give a damn when you destroy the lives of others.

      Hence,
      Vote Woodchipper!

      1. You can have all the Sovereign Immunity in the world. Won’t help against Rule 308. Or a woodchipper.

  7. Eatman, who says she tried to keep her arrest from her son by telling him she was away at “big girl school,”

    missed a golden opportunity to educate her son that the government thinks of us as food animals.

    1. Matt Kibbe had a quote I can’t find. Basically,
      “today you’re the government’s milk cow, someday you’ll be the government’s meat cow”.

  8. “Eatman… is now working overtime to cover the bills and expenses that piled up while she was wrongly incarcerated.”
    Hold on, why isn’t the state covering that?

    1. really? you new here? Need me to spell it out for you?

      F Y T W

    2. They’re probably waiting until after the new fiscal year to send her a bill for the 49 days of room and board they provided her.

      1. ding ding ding

      2. And administrative fees for her release.

    3. Only after the lawsuit ….

      1. No grounds for a lawsuit, more’s the pity.

        There will come a time when cop funerals will have Westboro-style protests.

  9. MERRY XMAS ANTHONY!!!!

    Go sit with the other nut punch kids at the kiddie table.

  10. Judging by name alone, I can’t tell if this woman is a rabid feminazi, precisely the opposite, or possibly a Kanamit.

  11. It’s woodchipperin’ time!

  12. This is the “justice system” that Rudy Giulliani says is working just fine.

  13. It was only when Cara Smith?a chief officer at the Cook County Sheriff’s Office?ordered an audit of first-time offenders locked up in their jail that Eatman’s case was given a thorough look.

    So how many of these cases slip under the radar?
    This is the sort of thing that black people complain about all the time. Getting arrested for petty things and then having that record trail them around for decades, and ending up getting locked up or shot for no reason.
    It’s shocking that it takes a random action by one officer to even detect that these kinds of injustices are occurring. Those audits should be routine. Statistics should be compiled. Corrective action should be taken whenever something like this occurs. There should be a system in place to monitor and prevent such injustices from occurring.

    1. Those audits should be routine. Statistics should be compiled.

      You want a tax increase to pay for all that new work?

    2. Cara Smith will be forced out of the department within a year. Made a bunch of people who count look bad.

      1. I wouldn’t bet against that.

  14. Good Christ. As I am guessing that any compensation or even an apology won’t be forthcoming from Cook County for at least a few years (if ever), does anyone know if this woman has a gofundme page or similar to kick her a few bucks?

    1. Compensation? Those fuckers will say she should be lucky she wasn’t raped by a prison guard.

  15. “Tax it and regulate it” – problem solved! Regulation cures injustice.

  16. Clearly we need another bureaucratic agency to supervise them. Hell, maybe even 2 of them

  17. Eatman was ordered held without bond, which is normally reserved for murderers and major flight risks.

    Sounds like a blatant 8th amendment violation. Of course, not sure what the recourse would be.

    1. Recourse: take it and like it.

  18. Its just “the Chicago Way”. Why is anyone suprised? Gummit a fish ulls have NO motive to “do the right thing” or to be thorough about their work. Not to mention knee deep corruption everywhere.

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