Washington Post: Philadelphia Diversion Program Reduces Arrest, Promotes Positive School Environment
The Washington Post profiled the Philadelphia Police School Diversion Program on March 30th, covering in detail its creation by Stoneleigh Fellow and former Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel, its success in tracking and reducing school-based arrests with help from Stoneleigh Fellow Naomi Goldstein, and how it has encouraged students like Julian to open up at school.
From The Washington Post -
"Kevin Bethel didn’t become a police officer to lock up children. But it was under his watch as deputy police commissioner that Philadelphia’s school-to-prison pipeline was in full effect.
Now retired, Bethel is on a mission to keep children out of prison, with a police-led school diversion program that is showing impressive results."