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Document Number: 5826

Derailed! The Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track - This report examines the roots of the zero tolerance movement in the 1990s, and the data on juvenile arrests in such jurisdictions as Miami-Dade, Baltimore and Houston. The author also provides an in-depth look at the situation in Palm Beach County, Florida, including enrollment and suspension rates by race, arrests by offense, and stories of how some students in the district—particularly black students and students with disabilities—have been disproportionately impacted by the district’s policy shift. Recommendations are provided on ways policymakers can reduce the number of petty cases referred to the juvenile justice system. (Judith A. Browne, Advancement Project, May 2003)...

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