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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – A judge handed down an unusual sentence to a teen who got in trouble with the law: sing about things you’ve done, or face jail time.

Rodney Hall, 19, was on probation for DUI and a failed drug test. But instead of sending him to jail, a judge gave him the option of writing a song and singing it on a popular street corner to avoid jail time.

Hall took the offer and stood at a busy intersection in Southaven, Mississippi singing about his DUI and marijuana use with a sign taped to his back.

“I just thank God he actually had another option for me, because Lord knows jail is not for me,” Hall told WATN. “Obviously I made a big mistake but lesson learned… lesson definitely learned.”

He says he’s been singing from a young age in a variety of genres including gospel and opera.