"The goal should be not to punish the kid but to make sure the kid is back in school, staying in school and doing what they need to do to graduate."
JJIE interviewed Karl Dean, mayor of Nashville, Ten., and former public defender who is making education a priority in his position.
Filmed at the 2013 MacArthur Models for Change Conference. Videography by David Kindler.
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