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07-05-2011, 09:37 AM
SD plans "instant justice" for holiday misbehavior

You can help clean up after all of those people celebrating their independence yesterday! You will work for only four hours and It will only cost you $40.00!


Drinking on the beach this the Fourth of July could have more consequences than just a bad hangover — it could result in having to do five hours of beach clean up at 9 a.m. the next morning.

San Diego is testing out a new program called “Instant Justice” that would have people cited for minor infractions and misdemeanors this holiday weekend forgo being charged with a crime if they participate in community service on July 5 in Pacific Beach.

“This is a really great incentive for those committing these lower-level offenses,” said Regan Savalla, the chief deputy city attorney with the Neighborhood Prosecution Unit. “People can take responsibility for what they’ve done and give back to the community. It’s a win-win.”

Typically, individuals committing crimes such as littering, letting their dogs roam off leash or smoking in areas where it is not permitted are given the option to go to a Beach Area Community Court session for $40, rather than go to court and pay a hefty fine.

Gotta hate those "win-win" situations.

CBS news story video here: