Education or Jail?

The English government is trying an experiment in which prostitutes are offered rehabilitation courses in drug or sex abuse in lieu of jail time. The new procedure is part of a process of getting non-violent criminals into education rather than sending them to jail.

I have often advocated paying people who commit non-violent crimes 20% of the cost of their prison stay if they remain out of trouble. It would save money and cease allowing prisoners to educate non-violent people in the way of violent crime.