Is America going to bring back the pillory? A judge in Ohio is dusting off an old tradition by having a man accused of abusing his neighbors stand on the corner of the street all day holding a sign confessing his bad deeds:
His sign reads: “I AM A BULLY! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in.”Among the many people who stopped to see Aviv serve his sentence was Alex Simmons, 21, a former neighbor who said Aviv would call out racial slurs to people passing by.“Parents told us to stay away from the house. He would just stand on the porch and just call us names,” Simmons said, adding, “Justice had been served.”Aviv was accused of calling the neighbor, Sandra Prugh, “Monkey Mama” as she held her adopted, disabled African-American children and of smearing dog feces on their wheelchair ramp.
Yes, in this case, justice is done (even though the man in question appeared to not be particularly repentant while talking to a reporter).Making a public example of a scofflaw can deter crime, and overall it’s a hell of a lot cheaper for society than locking up huge numbers of people for years—both in terms of running a grotesquely bloated prison system and in terms of human costs. Shame: it’s actually one of the things that makes society work.