Because if the cops put people in jail for bouncing or putting stop payments on checks, they couldn't use their time for truly important crimes like murder, assault, etc....and we all know they are far from being on top of THOSE crimes!
It's a matter of priority. If we lived in Mayberry where crime - per se- doesn't exist and a bounced check was the at the top of the crime priority list, it might get the attention of the police. But nobody's going to jail over this here and now.
You must be new to business...if you intend on doing more, be prepared as this won't be your first bounced check.
Yeah, people CAN be jerks. Being deliberate doesn't mean the police have time for this kind of thing.
Your option is small claims court. Good luck.