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Philadelphia No. 2 cop to expand school diversion program via major fellowship

By Joe Guszkowski, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange | November 9, 2015

Stoneleigh Fellow Kevin Bethel and the Diversion Program are featured by the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. 

Putting oneself out of business is generally not sound career advice.

But that’s exactly what Kevin Bethel, the deputy commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department, said he hopes to do through the department’s school diversion program, which offers alternatives to arrest for students who commit low-level offenses such as fighting or marijuana possession.

Beginning in January, he will continue that work as the first Diana A. Millner Youth Justice Fellow at the Stoneleigh Foundation, an organization aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable youth.

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