I’d be very interested to see what the commentors have to say about this story:
Judge Sentences Three to Learn English
The men, who faced prison for criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, can remain on parole if they learn to read and write English, earn their GEDs and get full-time jobs, Luzerne County Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. said.
The men, Luis Reyes, Ricardo Dominguez and Rafael Guzman-Mateo, plus a fourth defendant, Kelvin Reyes-Rosario, all needed translators when they pleaded guilty Tuesday.
“Do you think we are going to supply you with a translator all of your life?” the judge asked them.
My opinion? I love it. That’s assuming, of course, that this is a first offense for these conspirators. If more judges took actions like this that can stem the tide before young would-be crooks get caught up in it, and allow them to actually become productive, law-abiding citizens, the jails might not be so full.