Philly Needs a Better Prison-to-School Pipeline

Lynette Hazelton, •

“Zero-tolerance policies don’t work. They strip school administrators of discretion, and often do more harm than good,” said Kate Burdick, a staff attorney at Juvenile Law Center and co-founder of the Legal Center for Youth Justice and Education. “A report from the Vera Institute of Justice concluded that the real result of these policies is not safer schools, but ‘significant adverse effects,’ such as ‘severely disrupt[ing] a student’s academic progress in ways that have lasting negative consequences.'”

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