Thinkstock

Thinkstock

New pilot program targets chronic petty theft, shoplifting

  • By Juneau Empire
  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017 6:54pm
  • News

The city is helping spearhead a one-year pilot program to help curb the drastic rise of theft and shoplifting in Juneau.

“Juneau Avert Chronic Shoplifting Pilot Project” aims to provide repeat offenders with a case manager, one-on-one training, behavioral therapy and other problem-solving techniques, rather than incarceration, to stop the cycle of chronic petty theft.

“As criminal reform has gotten underway in Alaska, we as prosecutors have had to rethink how we approach certain cases, especially misdemeanor property crimes,” City and Borough of Juneau City Attorney Amy Mead said in a prepared statement. “There is very little data on how to best address this population of offenders in a way that reduces the risk of recidivism, but preliminary findings suggest that motivational interviewing and moral recognition therapy may be beneficial. We are hopeful that this pilot project will serve as a model for other communities struggling with the same issues.”

The pilot program is a collaboration between CBJ Law Department, Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Second Chance Re-entry Program, and the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc., according to a CBJ press release.

The pilot program is estimated to cost $67,000, with funding coming from a federal grant through the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Representatives hope to start taking participants in October.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the program was estimated to cost $100,000, due to misinformation from the City and Borough of Juneau. CBJ issued a later correction, saying the estimated cost is actually around $67,000. The Empire regrests the error.

More in News

Jasmine Chavez, a crew member aboard the Quantum of the Seas cruise ship, waves to her family during a cell phone conversation after disembarking from the ship at Marine Park on May 10. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire file photo)
Ships in port for the week of May 18

Here’s what to expect this week.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Friday, May 17, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Thursday, May 16, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Students and staff play a kickball game on the field between the Marie Drake Building and Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé on Friday afternoon. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
School district leaders debate biggest needs for extra $5.2M approved by Legislature, in hope governor won’t veto it

Staff for special education and gifted students, homeschooling, paying off city loan high on list.

Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, speaks Wednesday, May 8, on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives. (James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)
After several deadly drownings, Alaska Legislature votes to require harbor safety ladders

Bill by Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, passes on final day of session.

Members of the Thunder Mountain High School culinary arts team prepare their three-course meal during the National ProStart Invitational in Baltimore on April 26-28. (Photo by Rebecca Giedosh-Ruge)
TMHS culinary arts team serves a meal of kings at national competition

Five students who won state competition bring Alaskan crab and salmon to “Top Chef”-style event.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Wednesday, May 15, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, listens to discussion on the Senate floor on Wednesday. (James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)
A look at some of the bills that failed to pass the Alaska Legislature this year

Parts of a long-term plan to bring state revenue and expenses into line again failed to advance.

Most Read