End the School to Jail Track
OUR STUDENTS ARE BEING PUSHED OUT OF SCHOOL AND INTO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
The overuse of harsh school discipline, zero-tolerance policies, the criminalization of youth behavior and the disproportionate impact on students of color are causing severe harm to Colorado students, families, and communities. This is also known as the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Padres & Jóvenes Unidos continues to be a trailblazer locally and nationally; finding solutions, empowering communities and holding all schools accountable.
How We Began
Where We Are
discipline policies, Padres applied for a grant from the state that funded pilot programs in restorative justice in four Denver schools, including North High. However, the work to End the School-to-Jail track was just getting started.
-Legislative acknowledgment of the harmful consequences of zero-tolerance in schools and that contact with the juvenile justice system should be avoided.
-Obligation for school districts to implement “proportionate” discipline (graduated consequences) to reduce suspensions, expulsions and referrals to law enforcement.
Requirement of schools to implement prevention strategies, restorative justice, peer mediation, counseling, and other approaches to minimize student exposure to juvenile and criminal justice systems.
-Substantial improvement in data collection around school-based arrests, tickets, and court referrals.
-Prioritization of appropriate training of school-based police officers on appropriate discipline with students of color, LGBT students and students with disabilities.
This groundbreaking victory brought the progress made at the local level, with Denver Public Schools, to all 178 school districts across the state. To date, we have seen undeniable progress and promising developments since the passage of SSDL, but we still have work to do in pushing alternative forms of discipline.