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Defendants charged with shoplifting are required to complete a Community Impact Panel (CIP) as part of their Teen Court sentence. The panel is a dialogue between a group of 8-12 defendants, 1-2 facilitators, and 3-6 members of the community who own businesses and work in retail management, loss prevention, and the justice system.
Community Impact Panels provide a forum for community members to discuss with juvenile offenders the impact crimes (primarily shoplifting but also trespassing, graffiti, and property damage) have on their lives and on their businesses. Panel members share their individual experiences or stories.
The goals of Community Impact Panels are to:
- Help offenders understand the impact of their crimes on victims and communities.
- Provide community members with a structured, positive outlet to share their personal experiences and to educate offenders about the physical, emotional, and financial consequences of crime.
- Humanize the impact of criminal behavior for offenders, and teach them the short and long-term effects of crime on real people. This may in turn help them develop respect and accountability for their actions.
Community Impact Panels are held once a month from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Depending on the month, two panels may be held simultaneously on the same date, requiring a larger number of panel members.