I had a fender bender a few years back. Was the last guy in the four car pileup so I got a failure to control.
I pled nolo-contendre and got it dropped but the judge asked myself and another no contest to sit in the front row until his session was complete.
I watched for nearly an hour as he dealt with this very issue.
Person after person was brought up for misdemeanors, tickets and fines that had to be paid but were not because the individuals had no money.
That's not to say they were poor or broke. Most of them had months to pay these fines but simply had not. Most of these people were seeing this judge
on a first name basis as they had been in for multiple offenses in the past.
The judge gave most of them a choice of jail time or public service.
He also spent quite a bit of time talking to them.
The conversations were usually ended with a question like, "Fred, when are you going to find another way to spend your Friday nights?" or "Leonard, I
can't let this go any more. If you come in here again I'm going to have to send you to the penitentiary."
Public service selectors were immediately taken to do janitorial work around the courthouse or sent out to pick up trash.
From what I observed that day, there are a hell of a lot of people who break the law every day. They do it repeatedly and eventually the judge just
gives up on them.
After all of that was done and the court had finished it's dockets, the judge looked over at us and said, "Drive careful now."
He wanted us to see how much of his time was taken up by minor crap.
From what I saw, most of the people in there had been in multiple times before.
What is the law supposed to do with people who break the law constantly and never pay their fine or get the message?
Eventually you have to do something with constant law breakers.
edit on 27-12-2013 by badgerprints because: (no reason given)