Probably the dumbest thing a judge can do is order an offender to write a letter of apology to the victim. A 16 year old kid in the UK was made to write a letter of apology to the person he robbed.
The letter, which was riddled with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, wasn't actually sent to the victim, but was released for all to see anyway. The kid said that he didn't care that he robbed the person, and that the victim was to blame because she left her kitchen window open.
The lesson we should all take from this is:
A. Asking a kid criminal to write a letter of apology is retarded.
B. Kid criminals are retarded.