I really don't get it. I know that there are people who genuinely believe that religion can have a positive impact on moral behavior, and that in itself is baffling. But the idea that a judge, (who I'm assuming went to law school, and then passed the bar and then excelled above his/her peers to earn the honor of being a judge), could believe that sort of silliness leaves me just angry and disgusted.
I suspect that the majority of these "non-violent" crimes are related to poverty. The Christian church says that "there will be poor always," and as an institution, it considers poverty a normal part of their deity's plan.
Rather than church, why not send them to job skills training, or nutrition classes, or stress management classes. I think that helping people find a supportive community is a positive thing. But not a community that considers their personal suffering to be part of god's plan, rather than society's problem.