Americana: Sending 'Em to the Chair

Instead of jail terms or fines. Circuit Court Judge Sam Harrod III, 37. often used to sentence young offenders to haircuts, loss of their drivers' licenses or a day of picking up cans and bottles along the highways. Says the judge, an eleven-year veteran of the bench in rural Woodford County. Ill., "The courts have become the parents of last resort. I was trying to get young people to change their ways before they got sent to prison." But the American Civil Liberties Union complained to the Illinois Courts Commission that his sentences were...

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