Man's plan to get arrested for free jail food backfires5/2/2012
Homeless and hungry, Lance Brown figured it wasn't a bad idea to fire a brick through the Columbus, Ga., courthouse window thinking he would spend a few days in the slammer where he'd get free food. Instead, the 36-year-old -- who has two prior convictions for bank robbery -- was sentenced to nine months in jail before his April trial, and today, got another month behind bars. Brown's case reveals a classic dilemma that confront prosecutors: What to do with homeless defendants who will trade the mean streets for the security of a prison cell? "That shows you how wacky things have gotten when we don't have as a society an intermediate program," said Robert Marbut, a national homelessness consultant.
How should society deal with these kind of offenders?