Greasing the School-to-Prison Pipeline

imgresWith Police in Schools, More Children in Court
By Erik Eckholm
Published: April 12, 2013 290 Comments

Excerpt: “HOUSTON — As school districts across the country consider placing more police officers in schools, youth advocates and judges are raising alarm about what they have seen in the schools where officers are already stationed: a surge in criminal charges against children for misbehavior that many believe is better handled in the principal’s office.”

There were two bills (House and Senate)  that were introduced Keith Kaneshiro this session: RELATING TO ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS FOR JUVENILES INVOLVED IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM.
Report Title:       Honolulu Prosecutor Package; Appropriations; Alternative Schools ($)
Description:        Appropriates funds to the Department of Education for two additional alternative schools. Requires the Department of Education to develop enrollment criteria and a referral and placement process.

Thankfully both are dead. This follows something at the Bd of Education when Carlisle was the Prosecutor and Ed Kubo was the US Attorney. They asked the Board to provide them with a list of students who got into trouble in school so they could “watch them on the weekends”. I was at the meeting for another agenda item but spoke up loudly against such a thing suggesting restorative justice/ho`oponopono as a much better alternative for these kids. The Board did not give in, however, the bills this year show that the Prosecutor isn’t giving up. Neither am I! I spoke to the House Education Chair about the bill and how labeling these kids would only grease the pipeline. Gotta watch like a hawk or bad things will get through.


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