Is Los Angeles Criminalizing School Children?
Date:  07-24-2012

School officials vow to revisit ticketing policy after two reports reveal negative impact on children
Two separate analysis done by the Center for Public Integrity and the Labor-Community Strategy Center of Los Angeles show that the Los Angeles school system policy of ticketing students for infractions has led to children as young as seven being sent to juvenile court. According to a recent article published by Juvenile Justice Information Center more than 33,000 L.A. students were given a ticket by school police between 2009 and 2011.



The Center for Public Integrity and the Labor-Community Strategy Center both found that ticketing students often has a negative impact. Both organizations claim drop-out rates are higher in schools with ticket blitzes, and more tickets are issued to students of color. The tickets are issued for a wide range of infractions, some of which would not be considered a crime anywhere else.

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