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Jacqueline Lee

Jacqueline Lee, assistant professor of criminal justice, was quoted in an Associated Press story about an unusual sentence given by an Idaho judge.

Idaho judge orders woman to wear charm bracelet on probation” discussed uncommon criminal sentences, including a recent one in which a woman was sentenced by a U.S. District Judge in Boise to wear a charm bracelet featuring pictures of her children. This was to deter her from using drugs or alcohol.

“I’ve never seen anything like this, but certainly judges do depart from the normal conditions sometimes,” Lee said. “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.”