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Shermain Miles

Shermain Miles, 52 — who has been arrested 396 times since 1978 — told the Chicago Sun-Times that she’s not returning to the company of her old friends after she was released Monday from a local prison, where she served almost a year for assaulting a city alderman.

She said she can’t afford to be around anyone who is drinking or doing drugs — two things she admits caused a lot of her problems with the law. “I’m just not going to go back around there,” she told the newspaper aboard an Amtrak train that she rode away from the Illinois Department of Corrections facility where she served her time.

“I can love (my friends) from a distance,” she said. “Anybody that’s drugging, I can’t be around.” Miles said she hoped people could forgive her past as she vowed to make a better future. “I’m really not that bad a person,” she told the newspaper. “It was the alcohol I was drinking that turned me into a monster.” [Continue reading – HERE]

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