Shame-Based Sentencing Instead of Jail Time

Original Air Date: 
July 23, 2017
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Can shame also be used for public good?  There’s a judge in Texas who’s famous for his creative – and controversial – shame-based sentences.  To hear how they work, let’s go back to Thanksgiving evening, 1996. Houston, Texas. 18-year old Mike Hubacek slammed his Mustang convertible into a minivan belonging to the Davis family.  The crash virtually cut the van in half, killing Barbara Davis’ husband and their nanny.  It almost killed Barbara too.  She was sent flying over four lanes of traffic.Police estimated that Hubacek had been driving nearly 100  miles per hour, and his blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit.    What does Mike Hubacek remember about that night?