Georgia's ORC Effort - Past, Present, and Future
By Katie Tuttle
In early 2012, the Georgia Governor’s office
reached out to Rick McAllister, President of
GRA. They were looking at implementing the
recently-published PEW Study on Criminal Justice
Reform that included upping the felony
shoplifting threshold from $300 to $1500, and
they wanted to get the retailers’ perspective
and perceived impact.
McAllister quickly recognized the concern, and
he invited members of the Council to participate
in a meeting with key stakeholders, including
representatives from the Governor’s office as
well as members of the PEW foundation, who
authored the study. Included in the meeting was
Loss Prevention and Legislative Affairs
representation from Target, Macy’s and the Home
Depot. Sharla Jackson, Senior Assistant District
Attorney also participated in the meeting.
Jackson looked at theft by shoplifting
convictions and was able to provide statistical
information to help make the argument against
raising the felony threshold. She said one of
the biggest concerns regarding this bill is that
it would adversely affect small businesses.
“We were concerned about neighborhood stores who
could not afford to suffer a $1500.00 loss,” she
Liberatore, who was also in attendance, provided
empirical data that showed most felony
shoplifting cases were plea-bargained to
misdemeanors and therefore the criminals never
served any jail time.
“We were able to show that upping the threshold
would only adversely affect the retailer and
would have little or no impact on opening prison
beds at the state penitentiary, which is the
thrust of the PEW study,” Liberatore said.
Ultimately, through the Council’s involvement
and the GRA’s strategic lobby efforts,
legislation passed that moved the shoplifting
felony threshold to only $500, which represented
a $200 increase instead of the proposed $1,500
“The credit for the success of the bill should
be given directly to the Georgia Retail
Association for representing the retail loss
prevention community and getting our message
across. It was a big win for Georgia and should
serve as a benchmark for similar efforts across
the country,” Liberatore said.
Chillicothe police arrest alleged serial shoplifters
A Columbus, Ohio, couple was arrested Tuesday
during an investigation into multiple recent shoplifting
reports. Maria E. Dilisio, 30, of Columbus, was charged with
felony receiving stolen property, misdemeanor possession of
drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jeremy L. Dabney, 33, also of Columbus, was charged with
driving under suspension and served warrants on two counts
of theft connected with recent shoplifting incidents.
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February 21, 2013. At this year's conference we
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very near future.
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