After 396 Arrests, She Promises to Avoid No. 397
Chicago woman back out for fresh start
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2013 5:34 PM CST

(Newser) – It's hard to fathom, but a Chicago woman has managed to get herself arrested 396 times in the last 35 years, reports NBC Chicago. This week, 52-year-old Shermain Miles got released from jail to a residential home for ex-cons, and she told the Sun-Times she is determined to avoid yet another return trip by staying away from old haunts and bad influences. "I’m really not that bad a person," she says. "It was the alcohol I was drinking that turned me into a monster."

Her offenses range from minor ones such as disorderly conduct to scarier ones such as an assault on a local alderman two years ago. “Hopefully, she’s seen the light and is tired of being incarcerated," says the chair of the state's Parole Review Board.