PINEVILLE — A prosecutor in southeastern Kentucky is offering parents who haven't paid their child support an alternative to jail.
Bell County Attorney Neil Ward says offenders may volunteer to hold a large sign in a public place that reads, "I do not pay child support." In addition, he says, they will have to start making child support payments.
"It's not about humiliating or embarrassing anyone. It's about holding people accountable," Ward told the Middlesboro Daily News.
Ward said he got the idea after seeing shoplifters holding signs that stated the crime they committed. He said the alternative sentence was voluntary and offered as an option to an offender facing jail time. He said three people, all who were serving jail sentences for non-payment, have opted to participate in the program.
Ward said the first participants agreed to hold signs for four eight-hour shifts, but future participants will be required to hold signs for 10 four-hour shifts.
Ward said he hoped to get the public's attention with the program and to get people to start making child support payments.