Shoplifting Theft Offenders Program (STOP)
Young Adult Mediation (YAM)
The Shoplifting and Theft Offenders Program serves a specific population of young people in Cabarrus County, ages 16 to 21, charged with misdemeanor larceny, with no prior offenses. Program requirements include 36 hours of community service, completion of an online course about the effects of shoplifting on the offender and the community (presented by the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention), attendance at a post-course workshop with other offenders, and a final essay on what the participant learned from the program. Participants who complete the program successfully will have their charge dismissed by the Cabarrus County District Attorney.
In the three years, CRC has offered the STOP Program, Cabarrus County has seen a significant reduction in the recidivism rates for program participants. About 20% of shoplifting offenders recommit a similar crime within 2 years, while STOP participants are reoffending at much-reduced rates, around 3%. With the STOP Program, CRC has demonstrated its commitment to finding creative solutions to the issues impacting our community.