PublicSource: These districts are fighting the school-to-prison pipeline

Large districts across the country, including Denver, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, are taking action to reduce the school-to-prison pipeline. Former deputy commissioner Kevin Bethel spent 29 years with the Philadelphia Police Department and most recently supervised patrols across Philadelphia, including officers responsible for school arrests. What he saw — students bearing the trauma and embarrassment of arrest and being funneled into the justice system with no benefit to public safety — left him deeply troubled. After looking into the Philadelphia Police Department's legal obligations, he saw that, while officers were obligated to respond to calls, he didn’t see a reason they were required to take someone away in handcuffs.

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