Generally, I wouldn’t be one to condone public humiliation and I’m certainly not lobbying for a return to stockades and scarlet letters here in America, but sometimes I think instead of piling more petty criminals in our jails and prisons, there are more sensible solutions. This particular instance is worth a laugh, but it also gets the point across, especially to the young and impressionable who may attempt to sneak those Skittles into their pocket while mom is paying for gas. From azcentral:
In exchange for jail time, a woman and her adult daughter have agreed to stand outside a Pennsylvania courthouse holding signs saying they stole a gift card from a 9-year-old girl on her birthday. Fifty-six-year-old Evelyn Border and 35-year-old Tina Griekspoor stood outside the court for 4.5 hours Tuesday [holding the signs]. … Because the women agreed to hold the signs, Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins says he’ll ask for probation instead of jail when they plead guilty to the theft. Higgins says they swiped a gift card that the girl set on a shelf while a Walmart employee helped her.
Do you think this is a punishment fit for the crime and a resourceful and intelligent way to keep the jails unclogged or do you think that this makes a mockery of the modern American justice system and is treading on dangerous ground?