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50 Clinton Street, Suite 107 Hempstead, NY 11550
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Program Overview

Stoplift prevents recurring shoplifting behaviors by educating offenders in Nassau, Suffolk, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan.

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Program Contact:

Breenzy Fernandez
Program Director

Funding Generously Provided by:

Fees and private donations.

Contact Information:

175 Fulton Street, 4th Floor
Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 489-7929 or (800) 244-7687

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Program Description

The Problem:

Statistics show that about 1 in 11 people shoplift, with 55% of shoplifters reporting that they started shoplifting as teens. Shoplifting presents consequences not only to the offender, but also to the store, consumers, police and the courts, and the community-at-large.

Our Solution:

Intervene for first-time shoplifters and educate them on the extended consequences of their behavior to prevent recurring shoplifting.

How We Do it:

Stoplift offers a full-day class during which beginning shoplifters examine their motives, learn about the legal consequences of continued shoplifting, and analyze the cost of their crimes to society. The course is conducted by trained educators and counselors. A group facilitator runs group exercises and a screener conducts individual interviews with program participants to identify any additional needs as well as make referrals for further assistance.

How You Can Help:

To support Stoplift with a gift, click here or call (516) 539-0150 x117.


The Outcomes of Stoplift


Over 62% of Stoplift participants successfully complete the program upon their first attempt.

What People Say About Stoplift

Stoplift is a great program. It was surprisingly pleasant to participate in despite the circumstance. I learned that stealing from huge corporations does have a huge impact, and everyone makes mistakes.

Stoplift Client

I liked this program because I learned many things that I didn’t know – that shoplifting is larceny and affects everyone. The one-on-one screening was a good experience because it was private.

Stoplift Client

I feel that this program is very good because it allows people to see how they made a mistake, but they can still come back from it. I learned that many people shoplift, that it is not really a discriminatory crime, and that what I do affects a good number of people. I felt very comfortable explaining what happened since [the Screener] was very nice and non-judgmental. Learning the facts about shoplifting helped put my incident in perspective in a grader scheme, and talking and sharing was very cathartic.

Stoplift Client

I was arrested for shoplifting and asked to attend the Stoplift class. In here, I learned the most valuable lessons about how bad shoplifting is and the adverse effect it has on society as a whole. It totally changed my views and I can say that I’ve kept my hands to myself since then. Thank you once again for the knowledge you impacted. Keep up the good work!

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