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Woman gets 2-day jail sentence, serves 5 months

Woman Gets 2-Day Jail Sentence, Serves 5 Months


An Indiana woman might be filing a lawsuit against the county that arrested her after she served more than 100 extra days in jail.

Destiny Hoffman, 34, was sentenced to 48 hours in jail after she submitted a diluted drug test and violating her drug court program. But more than five months later, Hoffman was still in jail.

The News and Tribune reports a judge told Clark County Sheriff's Department to hold Hoffman 'until further order of the court.' Hoffman was also scheduled to undergo an evaluation but that never happened and the court order never came, so she remained in custody.

Hoffman was finally released after a Clark County Deputy Prosecutor started reviewing old case files and came across hers. Now, her incarceration has been deemed unlawful and could result in a civil suit.

A pretrial hearing over the matter will be held Monday.


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Jim January 29 2014 at 12:52 PM

It was a diluted test, not even a positive! Whoever screwed up should be put in jail for five months themself instead of giving money away in a lawsuit. Make the guilty party suffer, not the taxpayers.

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MIKEY'S SCREEN January 29 2014 at 4:26 AM

Even though I think that the system should be liable for their mishandling of this case, I strongly feel that giving her any huge lumps um of money would do anything good.

After all, she is a drug abuser.

If she wins this court case in a law suit, I hope the judge has enough common sense to award her 100 days of free rehab for her drug problem. This woul make some taxpayers in the county feel that ate least they are getting something out of this too.

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Rich January 29 2014 at 6:30 PM

Is that how you want your rights protected also? Throw you in jail " 'until further order of the court.''???
Is that even legal? She was sentenced to 48 hours in jail. Period! The judge should be removed and spen 5 months in jail.

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Deborah January 29 2014 at 4:25 AM

Probably the best thing for her to get dry. No drugs for 5 months? She'll get money and start all over

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Doug January 29 2014 at 4:06 AM

She will sue, and win, then spend the large sum of money on drugs, go broke, and maybe OD. I sure hope not on the last 3 three possibilities, but seen this before.

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Rich January 29 2014 at 6:31 PM

That is her choice not yours or the judges.

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rdcabe January 29 2014 at 3:21 AM

Something just doesnt sound right about this.

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boyle1034 January 29 2014 at 2:37 AM

Destiny's child is about to get a windfall from the government. How do these things happen?

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bchmonkeyocboy January 29 2014 at 2:31 AM

She should be payed for this mistake. To not know if you will ever leave the jail.

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chris135950 January 29 2014 at 2:17 AM

sounds like clark county Indiana justice system is a joke judge should resign along with all his people involved. search drug court Indiana clark county saw in in another article. guess this lady going to be getting some money now thanks to these people . guess the people of clark county can be taxed to make up the difference. lol that's probbablly what will happen.maybe the judge should get a sentence of 5 months then justice would really be served.

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rich January 29 2014 at 2:16 AM

sounds like it cleaned her out of drugs...can be a good thing for here

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Rich January 29 2014 at 6:34 PM

there is NOTHING good about false imprisonment!

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oceanglitter68 January 29 2014 at 1:51 AM

This happened to me 25 years ago. I was only supposed to be in for 4 hours in a minor misdemeanor and the guards were taking my file and purposely disposing of it, so I couldn't get out. My Ex boyfriend had sensed something was wrong and got me out. I didn't know I could sue. But it was 25 years ago, so I won't bother with it now. It makes me angry tho.

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nascar20155 January 29 2014 at 2:13 AM

statute of limitation would prevent you from taking them to court.

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