Monday, August 14, 2006

Hop On The Bus Gus

I'm a big fan of creative sentencing.

It allows judges to be judges, and can provide for a meaningful punishment that may change the behavior of the defendant.

In the latest idea to address teen traffic violators (which affect us all in insurance rates and safety) an Indiana judge is sentencing teen traffic violators to ride the school bus and not allowing their parents, under threat of contempt, to drive them to school.

Why does the judge think this works? Apparently the first teen he sentenced to ride the school bus, cried outside the courtroom.

Interesting. Any other ideas out there?

And I'm looking for creative ideas, not the typical "throw away the key" stuff.


Brian Tannebaum is a criminal defense attorney in Miami, Florida practicing in state and federal court. To learn more about Brian and his firm, Tannebaum Weiss, please visit www.tannebaumweiss.com