Let's see if I understand our justice system correctly. We charge court fees on fines for misdemeanors so that taxpayers don't have to pick up all the costs of processing tickets and the time that judges take to handle a case. Then, if a person cannot pay we send them to jail ( http://n.pr/1j7FAeu ). Net cost to the taxpayers is more than the original court costs and fine.
How about community service for unpaid fines and fees? If we're going to regress as a society, it seems like part-time indentured servitude is cheaper than debtors prison.