Mr. Minister, how about we introduce community service to the penal system we have in Bahrain? Rather than waste money hiring guards, satellite dishes, nasty food, and police cars, how about take a different route with juveniles? Taking them to prison just exposes them to bad role models... people most likely in for bigger crimes... just like that movie "the usual suspects"
For example.. you catch a drunk kid wrecking daddy's car... dont just throw him in jail and slap him with a fine... make him do 40 hours of... lets say.. cleaning the street he had his accident in? First of all, you taught him a very valuable lesson about the environment he has a stake in, and is responsible on keeping safe for himself and everyone else, and second, you saved money on hiring someone to sweep the street.
A bunch of kids get in a fight, for example. Throwing them in the joint might lead to things like... getting used to the legal system... a sense of apathy next time they think of committing a crime, or a backlash that might make it hard for them to get back to mainstream society. How about you give them 40 hours of taking care of the elderly, for example? Its a nice social initiative too.
I think we will have a more responsible generation... eheh and cheap labor