Treating Sticky-Fingers: An Evaluation of a Treatment Program for Shoplifters

Gail Caputo, University of North Texas

This paper presents preliminary results of a research evaluation of STOP--a classroom-based treatment and education program for misdemeanor adult shoplifters on probation in Texas. The evaluation involves a treatment group of shoplifters ordered to the program over a twelve-month period and a comparison group of shoplifters that did not attend the program. Various types of data were collected including background and criminal history information, offense and sentencing information, program-related information, and probation-related information. The research addresses the performance of the treatment group in the program and the impact of program participation on probation completion and reoffending.

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