Our prisons are bursting at the seams with petty criminals who return over and over again. Time to decrease the prison population and thereby the costs involved in sending petty criminals to jail. All violent crime should carry longer and harder prison sentences but the petty crime should be punished by large fines paid direct from employers who deduct any fine monthly. If the convicted person is not working they have to attend community work programs where they will be trained and work until the fine is paid in full. I am not suggesting a fine of £50 for drunken behaviour I am suggesting a fine of £5000 It is going to hurt. Theft of £2000 you repay £2000 plus court costs plus another £2000. leave it to the judges but toughen up.
Do not put petty criminals in prison. It is a waste of time, money and life.