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Noisy Teens Sentenced to Manilow Sessions

'Music misery' sentences used to bring noisemakers in line
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2009 3:59 AM CST
Noisy Teens Sentenced to Manilow Sessions
Singer Barry Manilow's music is being used to punish young offenders in Fort Lupton, Colo.   (AP Photo/Toys"R"Us, Dima Gavrysh)

(Newser) – Call it cruel and unusual punishment—or at least unusual. When a Colorado judge sentences teenagers guilty of blasting car stereos too loud in Fort Lupton, he often imposes a session of enforced "musical misery," the Los Angeles Times reports. That means a Friday night in his courtroom listening to Barry Manilow, the Barney Song or Bing Crosby.

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One punishment session experienced by a Times reporter included Manilow crooning, "I write the songs that make the young girls cry"—and the sequestered teens looked like they just might do that. The decade-old program seems to be working, and boasts a repeat-offender rate of just 5%.
(Read more Barry Manilow stories.)

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