Uptown woman arrested 396 times not expected to leave prison soon
By Stefano Esposito Staff Reporter April 24, 2013 4:22PM
A video screen capture of Shermain Miles, a woman who has amassed nearly 400 CPD arrests since 1978 | Ting Shen~Sun-Times ORG XMIT: CST1304181237368441
Updated: May 28, 2013 7:58PM
A day after rejoicing in her apparent change in fortunes, Shermain Miles left a Cook County courtroom Wednesday with the message that she likely won’t be released from prison any time soon.
Miles — arguably Uptown’s most notorious resident, with 396 arrests — is awaiting trial on misdemeanor charges, which include an alleged assault last summer on Ald. James Cappleman (46th).
Prosecutors announced their intent to proceed with the case, after revealing in court Wednesday that Miles was offered an alternative mental health treatment program last year and flunked out of it.
“Seeing as we already offered it once, we don’t feel it’s appropriate a second time,” Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Sobczyk told Judge Anthony J. Calabrese.
Miles is currently being held in Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, where’s she’s been since last December. Miles was originally released from Logan in April 2011, after serving three years for an armed robbery conviction. But while on parole, she got arrested several times, including for the Cappleman incident, which triggered her return to prison.
On Tuesday, the Illinois Parole Board met at Logan, with Miles present, and told her that while they had the option to keep her in prison until November, they would prefer to get her the mental health treatment she needs. Unbeknownst to the board, Miles had already flunked out of the program they were considering. Board Chairman Adam Monreal said he learned Wednesday about Miles’ history with the program.
Nevertheless, Both Monreal and Sobczyk said they haven’t entirely given up on finding a suitable solution — besides incarceration — for Miles, who has a documented history of mental illness.
Calabrese ordered Miles, who did not speak during the hearing, to under go an evaluation to see if she’s fit for trial and to determine whether she was sane at the time of her alleged attack on the alderman.
Miles is due back in court next month.