This week a Brevard County man was sent to state prison for a sentence of 1 year and 1 day for failing to remove and clear out what authorities call a junkyard, but what Robert Biel calls home. Biel apparently has been in violation of county codes for decades for storing his “tools of the trade” in his yard. The County, no doubt frustrated that its measures over the years to get the property cleaned up have failed, charged Biel with illegal dumping which landed him in the county lock-up for a few weeks. He was released on probation which was conditioned on cleaning his yard. He didn’t, and thereby violated his probation…and now sits Biel in prison. Check out the story here: man-gets-prison-time-for-junky-yard
What do you think: Is state prison too harsh of a punishment for displaying your mess to the public? What if that mess was in your neighborhood?