Many courthouse judges in the states are beginning to offer delinquents an alternative to incarceration for misdemeanor crimes. For crimes like petty theft, the offender is liely to be ordered to wear a two-sided board which reads something like, "I Stole a Snickers from a mini-mart". In a case of a lady who purchased weed while her babies were in her car, a judge ordered her to take out an ad in the local paper, stating her crime. Posting a jumbo size board that reads as "I am a Sex Offender" can also be seen as quite embarassing, and is similar to what the state does when these offenses are commited, by registering that person on a database of sex offenders on public webpages.
Are these types of punishments crude or unusual? Are courts in the states acting against the constitution by enforcing this type of punishment? Will it effectively detter crime among some age groups? .... Are the criminals getting off easy, when in another times they would get a short jail sentence?