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Reduce Student Misbehavior Without Arrests

Student arrests are not effective at reducing acting out behavior, and the overuse of arrest is particularly harmful to minority students. Maryland can become a leader in reducing racial disparities in student arrests by training police in: the availability and effectiveness of alternatives to arrests; the use of objective risk assessments and arrest protocols; and understanding of youth development across diverse cultures, ethnicities and races.

HB 983 / SB 1007 will require that police, prior to their assignment to schools, receive this training. Delegate Craig Rice and State Senator Catherine Pugh are the primary sponsors.

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Reduce Student Misbehavior Without Arrests

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  • Senator James 'Jim' C. Rosapepe
  • Delegate Anne R. Kaiser
  • Delegate Carolyn J.B. Howard
  • Senator Paul G. Pinsky
  • Delegate Frank S. Turner
  • Delegate Sheila E. Hixson
  • Delegate C. William 'Bill' Frick
  • Delegate Kumar P. Barve
  • Delegate Jim W. Gilchrist
  • Senator Mike Miller Jr.
  • Senator Joan Carter Conway
  • Delegate Jay Walker
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