Chicagoan ordered to get help after 396 arrests

Chicagoan ordered to get help after 396 arrests

Credit: Illinois Dept. of Corrections

Shermain Miles, 51, of Chicago, is incarcerated at the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, Ill. Miles, who has been arrested 396 times in the past 35 years, has been ordered to get mental health and substance abuse treatment in a deal with prosecutors.

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Associated Press

Posted on June 11, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 11 at 7:50 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- A Chicago woman who has been arrested 396 times in the past 35 years has been ordered to get mental health and substance abuse treatment in a deal with prosecutors.

Fifty-one-year-old Shermain Miles, who's been in the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln since December for violating parole, appeared in a Cook County court on Monday to plead guilty to charges she attacked a city alderman. She also pleaded guilty to trespassing and public drinking in separate cases.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports a judge sentenced her to time served in all three, because Miles agreed to undergo a mental health evaluation and get follow-up treatment.

Miles, who is homeless, has dozens of convictions for felonies and misdemeanors. 

The paper says she thanked a judge for the opportunity to get help.

For more information from the Chicago Sun-Times, click here.

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