|Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media|
396 arrests (putting her in the top one percent of Illinois criminals), assaulting an alderman, and having the chairman of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board attend your misdemeanor trials will do that.
After nearly a year behind bars, she's sober and back in Chicago as of Monday, this time taking up residence at a second-chance residential home for ex-inmates in Humboldt Park. She says that drinking made her "a monster" and that she knows that remaining sober and staying away from her former street companions are the keys to her new life.
The entire article is here; Stefano Esposito of the Sun-Times has done a stellar job of tracking Ms. Miles's progress over the past year or so, and this article is no exception.
A lifetime of bad habits and criminal activity is a hard pattern to break out of. Addiction is, as the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous puts it, "cunning, baffling and powerful." We hope Ms. Miles is up to the challenge and that she remains sober and non-newsworthy. We'd love to never have to write about her again, and hope the counter on her arrest records stays frozen right where it is now.