Short Shorts in Kentucky = Three Days in Jail

Garrard County, Kentucky Judge Janet Booth sentenced a woman to jail for three days for wearing short shorts to court, according to the Herald Leader in Kentucky. Apparently, this was the woman’s third court appearance, and she had been warned on two previous occasions.

Regardless of your view on whether this was appropriate (personally, I think we have more pressing problems with our criminal justice system and its defendants); I think it is reasonable to say three days is way over the top. The defendant had to be transported to the Boyle County jail because the Lincoln County jail, which normally holds prisoners in Garrard County, had no room for her. Taxpayers should question whether it was worth spending so much money and effort over a point that could have been made—if it even needed to be made—in a half-hour.

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