I came by this during my reading of "Habits of the Heart" for one of seminary classes. I thought that it raised a very good idea. It certainly is not actually the solution to all crime, but perhaps some . . .
John "Winthrop saw justice as a matter more of substance than of procedure. . . when it was reported to him during an expecially long and hard winter that a poor man in his neighborhood was stealing from his woodpile, Winthrop called the man into his prescence and told him that because of the severity of the winter and his need, he had permission to supply himself from Winthrop's woodpile for the rest of the cold season. Thus, he said to his friends, die he effectively cure the man from stealing."
I thought that this was a wonderfully inspirational story and leads me to think about how I might embody the same idea. I don't have anyone stealing from my woodpile, but what could I do to lighten someone else's load? What could you do.