Jim Black doesn't want to go to jail. What person in their right mind would?
In a last effort attempt to stay out of jail - or to see a reduced sentence - Black has offered a business proposal to the courts. Basically, he's saying he can better serve the community by offering free eye care to poor children than he can rotting in a jail cell.
Personally, I have no problem with this....except for one itty bitty little thing. It isn't a punishment.
I think it would be great if non-violent offenders could offer a service that would help society in exchange for a reduced sentence. I'm just not so sure I can agree with wiping out an entire jail term.
The great thing about this is that North Carolina is set up for just this sort of idea. It's called work release and North Carolina's work release program, which was implemented in 1957, was the first one in the nation.
Granted, Black wants to work for free and work release is intended for folks taking a salary so they can pay taxes and pay for their room and board. I'm sure the good people at the MCSO Work Release and Restitution Center could work things out for Mr. Black.
Here's my proposal: Black serves at least one year behind bars in the work release program and then serves the remainder of his sentence helping poor kids see better.
What do you think? More or less time in jail?