It appears that judges are implementing some strange alternatives to jail time these days. Just look at the case of Daren Young, who was given an unconventional punishment after violating the terms of a restraining order that was taken out against him.
Instead of being sentenced to time in prison, Young was forced to compile a list of compliments that he would then have to send to his ex-girlfriend. According to documents, Young broke the restraining order by harassing his former girlfriend through social media and messaging even though he was not supposed to contact her in any way. The judge working on his case informed Young that he would be required to count all of the insults he had sent the woman and then make a list of the same number of compliments. Sources reveal that his list ended up being well over 100 compliments long.
Young has apparently stated that he was not happy with the punishment he had been given and says that he would much rather have just gone to jail for a few months than have to say nice things about his ex-girlfriend.
This is one of the first instances of unusual consequences being put in place for failure to comply with the laws, but I don’t think it will be the last. By giving rule breakers punishments that don’t include prison sentences, it could cut down on the number of inmates in facilities and the amount of money that is spent on them. Sometimes, the crime does not match the punishment, but by ordering alternatives to jail the legal process might become fairer. Criminals may not like the sentences they are being given, but at the end of the day they will not be spending their lives away in jail.