[–] Butler_crosley 3 points (+3|-0)

Why announce it? Why not just quietly dismiss those cases and help those people avoid the situation in the future (maybe help them find food banks) under the label "pre-trial diversion?" I can see where he's trying to avoid putting desperate parents (or people who are in a desperate situation) in jail but by publicly announcing this he's just going to encourage the kleptomaniacs to test the limits.