Hard Lessons

I watched a girl go to jail a few weeks ago. Her probation was violated and 90 days was revoked meaning she had to serve 90 days in county jail. I watched about 6 or 7 cases before hers and when these people went to jail it was understandable. They had chance after chance to handle their business and for various reasons chose not to do it. When the judge told them their sentences, they made sense. There was this one girl who seemed to be doing all she could to avoid what happened. She was charged with disorderly conduct and ordered to pay a fine and attend anger management. She was given 15 days to complete anger management before seeing the judge again. When asked why she didn’t complete the class she informed the judge of her obstacles.

1. The classes are only offered on certain dates within a month and are chosen by the court. 2. Those court-appointed anger management classes cost $150 each. 3. She was in between jobs and didn’t have the money to use one of the court-appointed places.

After sharing her obstacles she shared her solutions.

1. She registered to take an anger management class at 5:30 pm on the same day she was due in court. 2. The company she is completing the class with accepts her insurance so she wouldn’t have to pay the $150. 3. She recently started working and she will receive her first check the day after court and pay off everything she owes.

Without hesitation, the judge