Running late for class, Emily enters a store for a pack of gum. She stands in line to pay, but becomes frustrated when the cash register breaks down. Emily decides to just grab the gum and go. After the cashier tries to stop her, she pushes him out of the way. Emily runs out of the store, but a security guard stops her a block away.
Emily is convicted of petit larceny and assault. She is a college student and 20 years of age. Under the laws of her state, she is eligible to be sentenced as a youthful offender. Instead of any jail time, Emily is sentenced to an innovative correctional program in which she will learn stress management skills and write an essay for anonymous publication by the state.