Retail Theft

Retail theft is often misunderstood to be a “victimless crime.” In reality, responding to retail theft is costly to public and private stakeholders, and few responses are evaluated for effectiveness or cost-efficiency. The Center for Court Innovation teamed up with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and Target to create several promising approaches that provide an alternative to the traditional justice system.

Youth Court as Diversion: Outcomes for Shoplifting Cases at the Staten Island Youth Court

By Warren A. Reich
This study examined the impact of the Staten Island Youth Court on case outcomes for 16 and 17 year-olds arraigned on a shoplifting charge. Once the Youth Court began hearing criminal cases in June 2009, there was a sharp reduction in guilty pleas and a sharp increase in conditional dismissals (with Youth Court participation typically serving as the condition) among shoplifting cases countywide.
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Diverting Shoplifters: A Research Report and Planning Guide

By Emily Gold and Julius Lang
This report outlines some of the challenges of responding to retail theft and highlights several promising approaches that provide an alternative to the traditional justice system—whether via streamlined processing or by an alternative intervention for the offender. The report concludes with a guide for jurisdictions interested in piloting a program in their community to improve the response to retail theft.
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