City's Answer to Increased in Shoplifting and Petty Theft

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - The City and Borough of Juneau Law Department has come up with a possible solution to the dramatic increase in shoplifting in the Capital City.

    The city has proposed a program called the Juneau Avert Chronic Shoplifting Project that will use "motivational interviewing, one-on-one support services and behavioral therapy to end the cycle of repeat petty theft."

    The one year program is a collaborative effort between CBJ Law, Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribe of Alaska’s Second Chance Reentry Program and Juneau Alliance for Mental Health, Inc.

    Participants will be given small, measurable goals and will also go through an 8 hour shoplifting treatment therapy program through JAMHI.

    The pilot program will cost an estimated 100k, which will be funded through a federal grant through the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Participants should hopefully be able to start as soon as October.

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