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Weird Punishments

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Laura Shaw

on 26 April 2012

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Alternatives to Prison: weird and wonderful punishments
Church or prison?
Non violent offenses can be punishable by serving a prison sentence, a fine or attending church every Sunday for a year, decided by a city judge
Bay Minette, Alabama
Driving under the influence
In some states in America, breathalysers have been installed in offenders cars to ensure sobriety before driving, if the driver is positive for alcohol, the car won't start
Employment in schools:
Giving lectures on the dangers of crime
Teaching assistants
The Shimane Asahi Shakai Fukki Sokushin Center (Japan), pioneered the programme where inmates train guide dogs and raise puppies, training them in obedience
Has been seen to reduce violence in inmates
Adopted by several prisons in the US
Post a long-winded public Facebook apology to his estranged wife -- every day, for the next 30 days

"[I]f you are an evil, vindictive woman who wants to ruin your husband's life and take your son's father away from him completely -- all you need to do is say that you're scared of your husband"

The post violated a restraining order that barred Mark from causing his wife "mental abuse, harassment, [or] annoyance," the court found.

"I would like to apologize to my wife, Elizabeth Byron, for
the comments regarding her and our son Jonathon which were posted on my Facebook wall on or about November 23, 2011. 1 hereby acknowledge that two judicial officials in the Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court have heard evidence and determined that I committed an act of domestic violence against Elizabeth on January 17, 2011. While that determination is currently being appealed, it has not been overturned by the appellate court. As a result of that determination, I was granted supervised parenting time with Jonathon on a twice weekly basis. The reason I saw Jonathon only one time during the four month period which ended about the time of my Facebook posting was because I chose to see him on only that single occasion during that
period. I hereby apologize to Elizabeth for casting her in an
unfavorable light by suggesting that she withheld Jonathon from me or that she in any manner prevented me from seeing Jonathon during that period. That decision was mine and mine alone.

I further apologize to all my Facebook Friends for
attempting to mislead them into thinking that Elizabeth was in any manner preventing me from spending time with Jonathonan, which caused several of my Facebook Friends to respond with angry, venomous, and inflammatory comments of their own."
Hunting Ban
Worldwide hunting ban

Two years

Ohio floods

Couple went rafting on river

convicted of misconduct during an emergency

given either 60 days in jail or pass out water safety fliers while wearing lifejackets and standing in a kiddie pool
780 postcards
Crashed car into another

Under the influence of drugs

Was in a coma for 4 months, then charged with vehicular homicide

8 year sentance

victims father - "I want him to apologize to my family -- every week, I want him to remember, for the rest of his life, that he killed my son."
send one postcard every week for the next 15 years.

he decides what is on the cards

for the 15 years of his probation, he may not drink or use drugs

no driver's license for the next five years

pay $815 in fines.
received two postcards -

first - "I'm very sorry."

second was blank
convicted of stealing from the Harris County Texas crime victims fund

In addition to community service, Daniel and Eloise Mireles will each have to stand in the road with a large sign detailing everything they did

must now walk back and forth in front of the local Galleria holding the sign which reads: "I am a thief. I stole $250,000 from the Harris County crime victim's fund. Daniel Mireles."

five hours every weekend for the next six years

also have a sign posted outside their home reading: "The occupants of this residence, Daniel and Eloise Mireles, are convicted thieves."

prosecutor in the case has volunteered to do "random drive-bys" to make sure the shaming is taking place in a consistent and orderly manner

avoided 10 years in prison
A woman who abandoned 35 kittens in a forest was told to spend a night in the woods.

A man guilty of playing his car stereo too loudly was ordered to sit in the woods, too – so he could “appreciate silence.”

Two teenagers who scrawled 666 on a nativity figure of Jesus had to lead a donkey through the streets, with a sign saying: “Sorry for the jackass offense.”

A man caught with a loaded gun was sent to a morgue to see dead bodies.

Teenagers who flattened tires on school buses were ordered to throw a picnic for primary school children.

A teenager was ordered to sit blindfolded outside the store from which he’d stolen pornographic videos, holding a sign that said, “See no evil.”

A man who called a cop a “pig” was forced to stand on a street corner with a pig, wearing a sign that said, “This is not a police officer.”
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