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.
For an issue brief by Advocates for Children and Youth, click here.
Reduce Student Misbehavior Without Arrests
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