by Iain on January 21, 2009
Brilliant crime-fitting-punishment story in the LA Times…
So when teenagers land in front of him for blasting their car stereos or otherwise disturbing the peace in this small northern Colorado city, Sacco informs them that they will spend a Friday evening in his courtroom listening to music — of his choosing.
So what kind of thing do they get subjected to:
Young people in Fort Lupton know that if they’re caught, they’re in for a night that could begin with the “Barney” theme song, move on to an opera selection and end with Boy George’s “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.”
And does it work? Read the article to see some of the results. But it seems to be summed up in this quote from one young offender:
“If you see a cop car, turn your volume down,” said Gehrig, a convenience store clerk.
It’s not changed their behaviour fundamentally. But it works as a kind of deterrent. All they need to do is automate the whole thing: if you get busted (by the robot ears around town) your stereo automatically gets taken over for 24 hours by Judge.fm
Much better (and more fun) than ASBOs for sure.