LAT, NYT, takes note as LAUSD takes decisive step away from punitive law enforcement actions

Media takes note as LAUSD votes to take police out of minor school discipline issues.

LAT_Deasy.jpgAfter more than two years, Community Rights Campaign and allies Public Counsel have secured a comprehensive school police policy reform to decriminalize student discipline, currently in effect in the new school year. This is another important example of the power of community organizing to curb the school to prison pipeline in Los Angeles, an epicenter of change for the entire country," says Manuel Criollo, Director of Organizing for the Strategy Center's Community Rights Campaign. "For too long our school playgrounds were minefields of penal code violations and criminalization - we believe this policy reverses that trend by prioritizing supportive and restorative approaches."

L.A. Unified school police to stop citing students for minor offenses.

Los Angeles Times:Quoting CRC Youth leader Michael Davis "So often students are just thrown to the cops and put in handcuffs without getting to the root of their problems," said Michael, a 17-year-old senior. "This new policy is such an accomplishment and will definitely make a difference." The decisive step back from punitive law enforcement actions reflects growing research that handling minor offenses with police actions does not necessarily make campuses safer, but often push struggling students to drop out and get in more serious trouble with the law.

Los Angeles to Reduce Arrest Rate in Schools

New York Times: The Los Angeles Unified School District is the second-largest school system in the country, behind New York City, but has the largest school police force, with more than 350 armed officers. Under new policies expected to be introduced Tuesday, students who deface school property, participate in an on-campus fights or are caught with tobacco will no longer be given citations by officers from the Los Angeles School Police Department. Instead, they will be dealt with by school officials.

Counseling, Not Arrests, Is Priority in New Policing Policy for Los Angeles Schools

Edweek: This new district policing policy is meant to reverse an era of zero tolerance that put using arrests and juvenile justice referrals ahead of counseling services and other interventions for struggling students. There is mounting national research that shows students who get into trouble with law enforcement are at greater risk for dropping out of school and ending up in jail or prison.

The story was also carried in KCRW (who interviewed Director of Organizing Manuel Criollo), as well as the AP, Reuters, KPCC, NBC-LA, CBS-LA, Univision, NPR Here and Now -- interview with Ruth Cusick and Judge Michael Nash, Mundo Fox-22,Telemundo-52
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