First Week In (Spoilers)

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  1. Feb 2, 2012 #1 of 11
    The Flush

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    I have been interested in First Week In, a Discovery Channel reality show about inmates first week in jail/prison. I obey they law because it is the ethical thing to do (usually), but the idea of being in prison terrifies me so that is even more reason to obey the law. I could never survive.

    I am not sure how much to believe about any reality show, but even moreso anything said by the inmates. The lawyer who is in jail for contempt of court because he said his alimony plus child support is more than his take home pay makes me sort of feel sympathetic, but also suspicious of his story. I wish they provided more details about this backstory. A lot of the others have been drunk/high and conveniently don't remember what they did to get arrested.

    I think I will make my kids watch this show when they get a little older.

    Anybody else watching?
     
  2. Feb 2, 2012 #2 of 11
    Bob Coxner

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    Yeah, I checked it out and like it. We have Cops for the arrests. We have Jail and Las Vegas Jailhouse for booking and holding before arraignment. We now have First Week In for the beginning of incarceration and we have Lockup for long term prisoners. Locked Up Abroad for non-US criminals.

    I know I'm forgetting 3 or 4 other series in the same genre. I pretty much like all of them.

    This one does make it look terrifying for the average person. There was one shot of the gay medical student as he's climbing the stairs to his cell while you see heavily tatted gangster types looking him over. The bathroom scene in Maricopa County as they decide whether to hammer the new guy was also tense.
     
  3. Feb 2, 2012 #3 of 11
    gastrof

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    I've seen only the ads, and the guy saying his getting out was up to his ex-wife make me think it must be the lawyer.

    I don't understand stuff like that. If they put him in jail, do they really think he'll be in a better position to pay? All they're doing is making it impossible for him to pay, let alone catch up.

    Him saying the money due was more than he takes home, I wonder how in the world a judge can decide that, if they know the guy doesn't have that much to begin with.

    It makes no sense.
     
  4. Feb 2, 2012 #4 of 11
    The Flush

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    He is not necessarily telling the truth.
     
  5. Feb 3, 2012 #5 of 11
    nataylor

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    I was thinking it was likely he has some assets the judge ordered he liquidate to pay his child support.
     
  6. Feb 3, 2012 #6 of 11
    Cereal_Killer

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    I agree. We really don’t know the full story, just his side, which may be right or wrong.

    I remember him saying his alimony is more than he makes and that he was about to lose his law license. I also remember him talking to his regulation lawyers in jail saying he really needs his attorney job so he can afford to pay the alimony. Well, which is it?

    It appears his ex-wife definitely has him by the balls and is enjoying having him suffer. Did you see at the end where she had the court let him go? Then, 48 hours later, he was re-arrested for non-payment of alimony and put back in jail?

    Ha-ha, she has got to be loving this!
     
  7. Feb 3, 2012 #7 of 11
    nataylor

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    We have no idea what went on with this guy and his wife. If, as I posted above, he has assets the judge wanted liquidated, he may have told his wife he'd give in if she let him out, only to renege on the deal, forcing her to send him back.
     
  8. Feb 3, 2012 #8 of 11
    jeff92k7

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    Having previously been in jails (as an employee, not a guest), I can say that this is the most accurate and honest depiction of what it's like to be in there that I have seen on TV in a long time. Hearing the sounds, the officer commands, the inmates yelling, etc. brought back memories from years past. It's very surreal watching that stuff and I have no doubt that every bit is true (excepting comments by inmates which may or may not be true).

    While the story about the lawyer's child support amount sounds fishy, I wouldn't say it's impossible. Different states have different laws towards that sort of thing and I have heard before of courts awarding amounts greater than what the parent makes. It's very sad but I can see both sides of the story. On one side, that sounds cold-hearted to have a large amount held against you, but on the other side, a set amount, rather than a percentage, is a way to keep deadbeat parents from leaving a good job and going to a low paying job or stopping work altogether just to avoid paying it.

    My thoughts were that the judgment probably was more than he was making, but he didn't say if he was working as hard as he could to make as much money as possible. If he had been turning down jobs to look more sympathetic, then it's his own problem and he deserves to be arrested. However, there is obviously WAY more to that situation than what we armchair commentators can see. I mean, what kind of woman refuses to let a man see his own kids, excepting cases of child abuse. That's just evil and she should be locked up too.

    Anyway, love this show...looking forward to more.

    Jeff
     
  9. marksman

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    This is my new favorite show. It is such a change of pace from the prison shows where you see mostly hardened criminals. You can smell the fear on these people. It should be used as a scared straight educational tool.
     
  10. Cereal_Killer

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    Did you see episode 5 where yet another new inmate (Benjamin Pratt, 34 with glasses) was in jail for not paying alimony or child support. At the end of his part of the episode, I couldn’t stop laughing.

    In this example, he went to court to get his support payments modified based. But, since he was $35,000 in arrears, they arrested his butt for contempt of court.

    Like, nataylor and jeff92k7 said, we only get to see one point of view and don’t have the whole story. However, this guy did seem reasonable. He worked out a reduction of payments from $900 to about $350/mth with his ex-wife and a mediator.

    When he went back for his modification hearing the judge said, nahh – I think you can make it $600/mth. The inmate then said to the judge: “Your honor, I-Don’t-Have-the-Money!” “What do you want me to do, Print the Money?”

    Hahahaha!

    I guess you know what happened next. The judge says “You in contempt of court!”

    These situations are sad and something anyone of us could find ourselves part of, real easy, due to the bad economy.

    But I can’t help but laugh at this guy. He was free and clear. You never talk back to a judge when they can throw your ass back in jail in half-a- heartbeat!
     
  11. marksman

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    Lol I agree. He was his own worst enemy. I suspect part of the reason his wife was such a pain is because he is a stubborn arse.

    He still had a reduced amount to pay, take it and move on. I tend to have little sympathy for guys avoiding child support but I had sympathy for him and the 1300 a month seemed high. Then seeing how it turned out all my sympathy dissipated.
     

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