Judge Marvin Wiggins from Alabama is making waves after telling a courtroom full of individuals who owe fines to donate blood if they cannot afford the pay the fines. According to a recording of the hearing, the judge said “If you don’t have any money, go out there and give blood and bring in a receipt indicating you gave blood.” For those who had no money or did not want to give blood, the judge concluded: “The sheriff has enough handcuffs.” Legal and health experts said they could not think of another example of a court all but ordering offenders to give blood in lieu of payment, or face jail time. They all agreed it was improper.
Is this a fair compromise? Could it be seen as “community service”? Is demanding blood money wrong?