Mother of seven found dead in jail cell serving time for children’s truancy

Berks County Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt, chairman of the county prison board, expressed outrage that DeNino died alone and away from her family while serving a sentence that was meted out for the crime of being poor. “This woman died in prison, away from her family,” Barnhardt told the Reading Eagle. “And for what?”

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She was a different person. She was cleaned up, smiling,” Judge Patton said. “I think she realized, when this thing is done, the weight was off her shoulders.”

AFP Photo / Jose Cabezas

AFP Photo / Jose Cabezas

A Pennsylvania woman who was serving a two-day jail sentence for failing to pay fines accrued by her children’s truancy was found dead in her cell over the weekend, inspiring the judge who sent her there to condemn the system that mandated her sentence.

Eileen DiNino, a 55-year-old mother of seven from Reading, Pennsylvania, was found dead in her cell on Saturday. She was in the midst of a 48-hour jail sentence that was meant to erase her $2,000 debt, which had built up since 1999 by her sons’ truancy from a vocational school, according to the Associated Press.

Police said the cause of death has yet to be determined, but the tragedy…

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Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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