The strange punishments found in today’s list are not your normal punishments at all. Although your typical punishment will probably include fines, community service, or jail time, some judges have started handing out very interesting punishments. They say that although the eighth amendment to the constitution prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment” it doesn’t prohibit unusual punishments sans cruelty. Furthermore, some say that these sort of “unconventional” punishments prevent repeat offenders, especially when the defendant can choose between a conventional punishment and something more memorable and relevant. These are the 25 strangest punishments handed out by bodies of authority.
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An embarrassing sign
When Daniel and Eloise Mireles stole nearly a quarter of a million dollars from Harris County Texas, the judge made them post a sign in front of their house that read “The occupants of this residence, Daniel and Eloise Mireles, are convicted thieves.”
The chicken suit
After Daniel Chapdelaine, Martin Soto, and Fabian Rodriquez-Ramirez pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from an undercover police officer, the judge sentenced them to take turns walking around in a chicken suit holding a sign that said “No Chicken Ranch in Painesville”. The Chicken Ranch is a brothel in Nevada where soliciting sex is legal.
A night in the woods
Michelle M. Murray claimed that 35 kittens were left on her doorstep and because she didn’t know what to do with them she abandoned them in a local park where 9 of them later died. After asking her how she thought it would feel to be abandoned all alone in the woods overnight, the judge hearing her case sentenced her to just that – a night in the woods alone.
Bread and water
Melissa Dawn Sweeney was a stable worker who was convicted of animal abuse when she neglected her horses for nearly 4 months. Judge Mike Peters decided that for the first 3 days of her 30 day jail stint she would only receive bread and water to match her crime.
The sign on the streetcorner
Shena Hardin was driving down the street when she got stuck behind a school bus. Instead of waiting, she drove around it on the sidewalk. Judge Pinkey Carr had her stand on a street corner holding a sign that read “Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.”