Nationwide ARM Program- Theft Awareness Program (TAP)/Economic Crimes Class


Nationwide ARM Program- Theft Awareness Program (TAP)/Economic Crimes Class

Organization Name

Nationwide ARM Program offers court ordered and prevention programs.

We have been partnered with courts since 1999, helping defendants in the criminal justice system accept responsibility and arm themselves with better alternatives through our programs.

We are dedicated to achieving our goals by employing proven strategies to change offenders’ values and beliefs, build their competency skills and hold them accountable. The result is reduced recidivism, improved public safety and enhanced quality of life for those in our communities. We strive to be an integral partner of a model justice system.

We envision: Offenders taking responsibility for their behavior, enhancing their skills and leading lawful lives. Our communities benefiting from a reduced recidivism rate and confidently investing in the criminal justice process.

Our organization is also expanding our juvenile and youth prevention eLearning programs and services in schools throughout Michigan.

Program Description

The T.A.P. Program is an economic crime intervention course primarily designed for the offender who engages in shoplifting, embezzlement, larceny, or similar crimes at the misdemeanor level. Economic crime offenses have placed a tremendous burden on society, the courts, and the offender alike. In the area of shoplifting in the United States alone, more than 10 million people have been caught engaging in this crime in the last 5 years. Studies suggest that 1 out of 3 shoplifters will repeat the offense despite having gone through our judicial system and facing the consequences therein. While this information is staggering in and of itself, retail employees steal three times more than shoplifters. Effective educational intervention has been shown to decrease the recidivism numbers for these offenders.

The primary goal of our T.A.P. Program is to assist the offender in exploring the following areas through the 4 A’s (awareness, acceptance, accountability, adaptability) as a way to reduce risk for recidivism.

This is also available via ZOOM format.


Amanda Rushlow


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