I've just read a news article which set me thinking (yeah OK - in your own time carry on). A minor celebrity and her husband have just been fined 70K and costs of 38K for what was effectively a health and safety breach. That's a significant amount of cash for a relatively minor crime and presumably does not cover the injuries which will be dealt with by the insurance. With courts working full time all across the country - why aren't they generating profits? Taking it further, once criminals are convicted they are a free source of labour, it cannot be beyond the wit of man to make them do something productive and earn money for the state to pay for their crimes. For non-violent crime why not allow the trading of cash for prison-time? Why should rich and famous people be fed and accommodated for crimes such as fraud, perjury and drug use only to step out and back into their comfortable lives? Judges and Magistrates could be made financially accountable and given incentives for raising money. With the right guidelines this could revolutionise the Justice and penal system. I am sure ARSSErs could come up with lucrative ways of punishing crime?