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Public Shaming

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Isaac Flores

on 28 November 2012

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The significance of public shaming is to educate the community of the nature of the offenders crime, so that the offender does not commit similar crimes in the future, and puts fear into the community that if they commit a crime, it could be them. PUBLIC SHAMING: OVERVIEW: 
• Brief history of public shaming

• Early types of public shaming

• Current types of public shaming

• Pro's and Con's of public shaming
Hester Prynne the character from the famous novel “The Scarlett Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is the adulteress who bared a child out of wed lock and was forced to wear a scarlet letter “A” on her chest everywhere she went. This was to show the town the nature of her crime. Though this was a fictional story based in the seventeenth century, forms of public shaming such as the form used in this story have been around for centuries and are still used today, which in turn, the name “ Scarlet-letter conditions” was created for present day public shaming. History: Some of the early forms of public shaming used were: Pillory and Stocks
Large letters worn on clothing which represented the nature of the crime
Ducking stools
Ears cut off
Hot awl pierced through the tongue
Execution(hanging, burning at the stake, drawn and quartered) Stocks and Pillory
Large letters worn on clothing which represented the nature of the crime
Ducking stools
Hands, noses cut off
Hot awl pierced through the tongue
Execution(hanging, burning at the stake, drawn and quartered) Some of the early forms of public shaming used were: Stocks and Pillory Large letters
worn on clothing to represent the nature of the crime. Ducking Stools Whipping Cutting of hands Hot Awl through the tongue Hanging
Public Shaming (Scarlet-letter Conditions) is returning and becoming very popular with judges around the country. It is becoming the alternative especially for first time offenders. Some examples of scarlet letter conditions and how they are being used today are: Houston- Judge orders a convicted child molester to place a sign on his front door that read “ No children under the age of 18 allowed on these premises by court order.” Houston- Judge orders person who committed perjury to wear a sign outside the court house that read “ I lied in court. Tell the truth or walk with me.” Georgia- State agency post names and photos of parents who are delinquent with child support. Florida- Judge orders mother who bought drugs in front of her children to place an ad in the newspaper telling the community what she had done Billboards with pictures and of crimes committed.

Bumper stickers stating your crime

Walking around your neighborhood telling your neighbors that you are a sex offender Billboards Signs in Public Billboard Pro's and Con's of Public Shaming Pro’s:
Shaming penalties, according to their supporters, express moral condemnation of the offensive conduct far better than the alternatives

Shaming can also produce an unpleasant emotional experience, which potential offenders will want to avoid and actual offenders will want to avoid repeating

Shaming may also cause adverse reactions from members of the community, who may gossip about them or refuse to engage in any social activities with them. Con’s:

Shaming penalties may label them as a criminal, which can cause them to think they need to behave like criminal.

Shaming may humiliate the offender and cause the public to disassociate themselves from them.

Shaming penalties can be sometimes too weak on those offenders who do not care to be part of society. References Alarid, L.F., Del Carmen, R.V. (2011).Community-Based Corrections. (8th ed.) Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

Public humiliation. (2012, November 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Public_humiliation&oldid=523041133

Continued on next slide. Richards, J. (2012). Should Public Shaming be an Option for Criminal Punishment? Legalmatch.
Retrieved from: http://lawblog.legalmatch.com/2012/02/03/public-shaming-option-criminal-punishment/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLCPYovIEI References continued
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