It is becoming increasingly clear that diverting individuals from the juvenile justice system, which is consistent with public safety and still holds offenders accountable, is generally a best-practice concept. This can have a significant impact on public safety by increasing successful life outcomes for young people. A crime prevented is far better than a crime successfully adjudicated.
Black girls are nearly four times more likely to be arrested at school than their white counterparts and Latina girls are almost three times more likely to be arrested in elementary school than white girls, a new report says.
The school-to-prison pipeline refers to the streamlining of at-risk students from schools to incarceration or related correctional-type facilities that results from punitive discipline practices and criminalizing misconduct in schools.
I am not sure how many folks similarly situated in juvenile justice understand that how we treat kids in our schools is one of the most essential factors in reducing crime among juveniles, and later in reducing crime among the adult population.
Black’s book is necessary reading for educators and those who work with youth, whether during classroom hours or in an after-school setting. It posits questions about the role of discipline — and how best to ensure that discipline helps children succeed, rather than break them down.
It doesn’t matter how great the teachers are or how much money we throw at education if we don’t configure our systems to be trauma-informed, to identify these wounded students for trauma-focused treatment.