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AL: For Offenders Who Can’t Pay, It’s a Pint of Blood or Jail Time

Judge Marvin Wiggins’s courtroom was packed on a September morning. The docket listed hundreds of offenders who owed fines or fees for a wide variety of crimes — hunting after dark, assault, drug possession and passing bad checks among them.

“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,” began Judge Wiggins, a circuit judge here in rural Alabama since 1999. “For your consideration, there’s a blood drive outside,” he continued, according to a recording of the hearing. “If you don’t have any money, go out there and give blood and bring in a receipt indicating you gave blood.” Full Article

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  1. David

    What about gay guys who (by law) are not permitted to donate blood?

  2. KangaroOCourt

    Wwwwwwwwell judge wiggy ..what line is it to pay is it to pay wit my empty beer cans and wine bottles.
    That would be line 5.

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