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Walmart suspends shoplifter rehab program

Walmart is no longer giving its first-time thieves the option to opt out of getting in trouble with the cops.

Posted: Wed Jan 03 07:47:49 PST 2018
Updated: Wed Jan 03 07:47:50 PST 2018

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life- threatening injuries. 3>> walmart is no longer giving its first-time thieves the option to avoid getting in trouble with the cops.we told you about walmart's restorative justice program in july when the tippecanoe county prosecutor spoke out against it. news 18's kayla sullivan reports why the program is on hold, for now. #@kayla: at first, focusing on rehabilitation rather than punishment sounded reasonable to will gooding.gooding: "but i don't know about the implementation."kayla: walmart's restorative justice program allowed a first time thief to have a choice: pay for a 400 dollar rehabilitation program or get in trouble with the police. gooding has a problem with the fee. gooding: "if you get in a situation where you are someone who can't afford to pay that 400 dollars then you go into the justice system. whereas people who have that money would be able to take advantage of that program," kayla: tippecanoe county prosecutor patrick harrington has a problem with using police as a bargaining tool. there's a reason law enforcement needs to get involved during a crime. harrington: "we are able to identify them and we are able to determine whether they're wanted on warrants or probation violations,"kayla: he's happy walmart has suspended the restorative justice program. but the company says it wasn't solely due to law enforcement backlash. walmart just hired a new vice president in the asset protection department. ragan: "as he came into this new role he said look, we just need to spend some time evaluating this and see if it's good for walmart with this lack of clarity still being in place,"kayla: it isn't clear because various law enforcement agencies throughout the country have spoken out against the program and a recent court case in california deemed it unlawful. ragan: "it's a case we are definitely aware of and looking at but i would say across the board it was more of a review of this program and several others,"kayla: harrington hopes the indiana attorney general publishes an official opinion against the program soon. he believes there are better ways to curb crime at stores. gooding agrees but says rehabilitation is necessary and shouldn't have a price tag. gooding: "i don't think it has to do with all the security stuff, mostly just the ethics,"ks. n18.@# 3>> from attorney general curtis hill to find out if he will release an official opinion on the