A trial scheme that offers female criminals the chance to go on courses instead of being punished could be extended to all adults.And why not? Why should anyone ever be punished in our Brave New World, if it means the police having to do some work?
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Cunningham said: "We have an ambition to extend it as far as we can.
"At the minute, it is only available to females who come into custody but, if it is successful, we will roll it out to females outside of custody as well and, hopefully, then to males."Thus making your job so much easier, which as we all know, is your main goal...
"That might start with a certain age range or certain types of offences.
"It will be a challenge to do that because we have to find the resources to do it."That's your only concern? Not that the people who pay your bloody wages might not agree?
"We would also have to find somewhere to direct the males, too, which we have for the women."Oh, don't worry! I'm sure there's any number of QUANGOs and fakecharities preparing for this as you speak...
The triage process is based on a similar project in Hull, which has dramatically reduced reoffending among child criminals.
More than 940 young offenders have been referred to the Hull Youth Justice Service for support instead of being prosecuted since the youth triage scheme was launched in July 2009.
Of those, 770 have stayed out of trouble.Well, no, 770 haven't been caught causing trouble, which is something rather different.
Far be it from me to suggest that, with the people employed to catch them instead spending all their efforts on finding ways of making their own job easier in future, the odds of that just got shorter...