U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge sentenced Jennifer Fanopoulos to 3 years of probation for using fraud to obtain illegal drugs and ordered her to wear a charm bracelet bearing pictures of her children to deter her from using drugs or alcohol in Idaho [#EdwardLodge #Jennifer Fanopoulos #Idaho]
Jennifer Fanopoulos was sentenced in U.S. District Court of Boise, Idaho for using fraud to obtain illegal drugs from the hospital where she worked.
U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge sentenced her to 3 years of probation and added an extra requirement: He ordered her to wear a charm bracelet bearing pictures of her children to deter her from using drugs or alcohol.
But according to Assistant Criminal Justice Professor Jacqueline Lee with Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, creative probation terms like this one are so rare that there is not much research available to see if they work to reduce future crime.
“I’ve never seen anything like this, but certainly judges do depart from the normal conditions sometimes. There are some cases where they describe some of these terms as a ‘scarlet letter,’ where they’ve made people who have a DUI put a sign up, or get a special license plate designating the conviction. But this (the charm bracelet) doesn’t seem like it has the same intent behind it, in terms of shaming a defendant.”
– Jacqueline Lee
Idaho judge orders woman to wear charm bracelet on probation
The Killeen Daily Herald