Judges around the country have turned to alternative sentences for low-level offenders, focusing on shaming them. Here are some of the most bizarre examples from the past few years.
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In 2007, Ohio municipal Judge Michael Cicconetti ordered three men charged with soliciting sex to take turns wearing a chicken suit for three hours outside the courthouse.(BBC Screen Grab)
That same Ohio judge ordered a woman to spend a night in the forest without food or water as punishment for abandoning 35 kittens in 2005.(shioshvili/Flickr)
In a 2012 domestic-violence case, a Florida judge ordered the offender to get his wife flowers, go to Red Lobster, and go bowling.(AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Ohio Judge Pinkey Carr in 2012 ordered a woman who drove on a sidewalk to avoid a school bus to wear a sign saying, "Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus" in 2012.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Most recently, Judge Carr ordered a man to wear a sign for three hours a day for a week saying "I apologize to officer Simone & all police officers for being an idiot calling 911 threatening to kill you. I'm sorry and it will never happen again."(WKYC Screen Grab)
The ultimate in public shaming: In 1989, Dermott, Ark., passed an ordinance threatening parents with two days in a stockade if their children were out after curfew.(drtreypennington/Flickr)
After a Cincinnati man verbally trashed his estranged wife on Facebook in 2011, a magistrate ordered him to either spend 60 days in jail or post a public apology on Facebook.(birgerking/Flickr)