So my girlfriend got arrested the other day for public intoxication.
Yes, Drew, I should have dumped her months ago:)
Anyway, my 1st question is this.
Whatever cash she had (which was actually MY cash I gave her) they converted the cash into a debit card rather than to just put the money into the rest of belongings.
I looked around online and can't find there to be a law against this. I suppose they can just take whatever cash they get from you, put it into their bank account, earn interest on it, and then hand you back a debit card when you are released?
It took them well over an hour to give a card back with what is supposed to be the money on it, and it took less than a minute for them to take the cash and feed it into their machine so they could earn interest on the money.
I'm just wondering.
My 2nd question is this.
They told her she'd have a right to call her lawyer. They have phones there that use something call the TIP system. She could not call anyone unless they were to get online and create a phone account for her in her inmate number and put down a credit card.
When she called, all it says is that it's the TIP system and an inmate would like to speak to you, but you need to create an account and put out money to find out who. She couldn't make even a single phone call as who would pay and it only would work with a landline phone, not a cell phone.
Most anyone she knows, including me, only has a cell phone. And if I don't know who or what I'm talking to, I'm unlikely to open an account and pay money just to find out.
She never got a single phone call out of the place. There's no law against that either I suppose? I could not find one.
When she was arrested, I told her to just shut up and ask to talk to her lawyer. She did that but it was impossible for her to contact anyone except a bail bondsman. That they let you do and seem to be handing out the phone number to everyone in there so they can bond themselves out. That's the only "free call" she said she could have.
Comments are appreciated!