Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Homeless woman arrested 396 times may be using system for shelter

On June 10, 2013, the Chicago Sun Times reported on the curious case of homeless Chicago woman Shermain Miles, who has been arrested a reported 396 times over the past 35 years. That means she has been arrested the equivalent of
Shermain Miles
once per day an entire year in a row, and then an additional 30-day month of arrests. It is a staggering amount of arrests to comprehend.

As the report states that Miles is homeless, it is highly possible she is using the correctional system in order to have housing. Whether suffering from mental illness or using the system for shelter, Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas gave the 51-year-old a break.

"All of us are reaching out to you and offering you, maybe for the first time in your life, a hand, OK? But you’ve got to reach out and grab all of our hands as well," the Sun Times reported the Judge as saying. Though currently in custody at the Lincoln, Illinois facility Logan Correctional Center, Judge Chiampas ordered Miles to a treatment program for substance abuse and one that will address her mental health issues.

Miles reportedly thanked the judge for her leniency and kindness in hoping she finds real treatment and ends the cycle once and for all. Miles reportedly served three years on an armed robbery conviction. She was accused of attacking Ald. James Cappleman (46th) in 2011 and had other charges of trespassing and consuming alcohol in public.

What do you think? Do you think the fact that Miles is described as homeless may factor into her arrests? Was she using the system for shelter or do you think she may be mentally ill?





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