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Measured Responses: Why increasing law enforcement in schools is not an effective public safety response to the Newtown tragedy

In light of the horrific school shootings this month in Newtown, Connecticut, some have called for increasing armed police presence in schools.

School safety should be a priority: it is not only important for protecting the physical well-being of students, teachers, and staff, but also for maintaining a productive learning environment.

However, as our research report, Education Under Arrest showed, having law enforcement in schools is not the best nor most cost-effective way to achieve those goals; this also can result in more youth becoming involved in the juvenile justice system for often minor misbehavior, with a lifetime of negative effects.

For comment from JPI, please email Zerline Hughes at zhughes@justicepolicy.org or call 617.596.6958.

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Posted in Criminal Justice (Adult), Juvenile Justice, Positive Social Investments

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