Getting Bailed Out During the Holidays

Eddie Cortés
Here's what to do when you get that 3:00 a.m. call from jail, from a family member or friend.

Here's what to do when you get that 3:00 a.m. call from jail, from a family member or friend.

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It’s 3:00 am on New Year’s Day. You’re fast asleep all snug and warm in your bed. Suddenly, your phone rings. On the other end of the line, sounding like he’s inside of a tin can, is your loving son: the one you used to read to at night; the one under whose pillow you placed a dollar when he lost his first tooth; the one you taught to ride a bike. And what does this fine young man have to say to you after he’s woken you from your peaceful slumber? The last three words a parent ever wants to hear: “I’m in jail.” Although your first instinct is to tell him, “You got yourself into this, now get yourself out . . .” and then hang up the phone, at least your second instinct would be to ask yourself, “Now what?”

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