Creative sentencing is the method of bestowing punishment upon a criminal. The difference between creative and traditional sentencing is that during creative sentencing, instead of following the mandates and expected punishments dictated by law, the judge will have free license to create a consequence that is most befitting to the crime committed.
You can see a lot of creative sentencing particularly during trials involving teenagers who shoplift, drink alcohol, or commit crimes of that nature. These offenders need direction and specific consequences more so than the general mandates of every common trial.
Hence, judges impose sentences such as, for example, to wear a sign saying "I shoplift" for the offender to wear outside a store. Another example of creative sentencing is to order the offender to fix the offense directly by washing walls (in the case of graffiti and vandalism), or to pay back for stolen items by working at the same store where the offense was committed, for free.
The good thing about creative sentencing is that it is more relevant to the crime committed, and shows a genuine concern from the judge's part, as the judges go out of their way to ensure that the offender learns about true consequences.
A judge that is careless would just look up a sentence in a book and apply it to a case. Yet, creative sentencing, shows that the justice system is looking after the safety and security of people by making offenders have a taste of their own bad decisions.