A North Carolina man was sentenced to a unique punishment after violating his probation.
Joshua Hill said has has never abused a woman despite being on probation for doing so. In 2014, he pleaded guilty to assault on a female and domestic criminal trespassing in an effort to end a drawn-out court process, he told WFMY.
He was sentenced to a one-year probation and ordered to not have contact with the victim.
He pleaded guilty to violating the probation last week.
Judge Mark Cummings, of the Guilford County District Court, sentenced Hill to three days of jail and seven days of poster duty.
For four hours each day for one week, Hill was ordered to hold a poster that reads, “This is the face of domestic abuse.” The judge ordered him to stand outside of a courthouse in High Point, North Carolina.
“It’s embarrassing, really,” Hill told WFMY. “I won’t be in anymore confrontations. Just … walk away.”
“It’s the shame effect,” Judge Lawrence McSwain, a court official who was not involved in Hill’s case, told WFMY. “There’s research around the world and countries that tend to impose a shaming effect tend to have less recidivism and less crime … The idea is that if we shame you, and you feel embarrassed, then maybe you won’t do this again.”