A school-justice partnership is a collaborative effort among courts, schools, state agencies, service providers, and law enforcement to keep children in school and out of court. These partnerships provide alternatives to arrests, suspensions, and expulsions. Research indicates that students arrested, suspended, or expelled from school are much less likely to graduate. This trend is most pronounced in the arrest data. Students that are arrested in school are twice as likely not to graduate. Students with arrests that result in the filing of a charge, and consequently a court appearance, are four times as likely not to graduate.
Currently Alachua, Broward, Citrus, Leon, Okaloosa, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties have school-justice partnerships in place. These counties are working with other localities around the state to share their experiences. Partnerships are also being explored in Hillsborough and Pasco counties.
School-Justice Partnerships Work…
Palm Beach County’s School-Justice Probation Pilot yielded the following results:
- 48.8% reduction in out-of-school suspensions.
- 42.7% reduction in discipline referrals.
- 10.4% decrease in parole violations.
Would you like to see:
An increase in graduation rates?
Fewer referrals in juvenile court?
Reduction in probation caseloads?