Woman Sentenced To Public Shaming, Wearing Degrading Sign At Bus Station

Georgia woman Natasha Latrice Freeman was sentenced to wearing a sign reading “I made a fool out of myself on a Bibb County Public Schools bus” at the bus stop where she attacked her 11 year-old cousin every morning for a week. Though public shaming sounds extreme, it has a long history in the United States and has been used of late to punish crimes ranging from the accidental killing of a man by a drunk driver to cutting a three year old’s hair. A recent report by the National Institute of Justice raised serious questions about the practice as applied to clients of prostitutes.