Does this sound right to you?
DH and I happened to be in a municipal court yesterday (our issue wasn't settled, so can't yet post about it), but while we were waiting, there was a GRANDMOTHER who had such a string of motor vehicle infractions that she'd earned herself 10 days in jail.
First of all, even though her daughter came to court with her, she carted her sleeping granddaughter up front when it was her turn to see the judge (obviously a ploy for sympathy). Then she asked the judge if she could serve her time ON WEEKENDS. And the judge agreed!
What? Isn't jail time supposed to be an INCONVENIENCE? so you actually LEARN something from having to serve it (hopefully at least). What a crock. Good thing the judge was practically blind (she actually was--she admitted it at a couple of points), I was sure rolling my eyes through that case.
Well, even though we had to drive 70 miles round trip, spend 3 hours in court, and then go home with nothing having been settled, there were parts of it that were VERY interesting. Including the poor teen who didn't have the money to pay his fine and was taken out in handcuffs so he could spend a few days in jail. Felt sorry for him.