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Keeping Kids in School
and Out of Court

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Keeping Kids in School
and Out of Court

Philadelphia Police School Diversion Program

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School-to-Prison Pipeline

The “school-to-prison pipeline” is a disturbing national trend in Philadelphia and across the nation where children are pushed out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

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The Program

Our goal is to keep youth in school, prevent further disruptions, and create a more peaceful school environment.

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Results & Evaluation

Our program has positively impacted thousands of children since our founding in 2014.

Our Diversion Program Is

 

A SECOND CHANCE.  A TRAUMA – INFORMED AND CROSS – SYSTEMS APPROACH.  A COMMUNITY.  A MOVEMENT.

Changing Minds
Philadelphia reverses course on ‘zero tolerance’ discipline in schools

DIVERSION SUCCESSES TO DATE

1171

Students diverted

14

% of students arrested post diversion

71

% decrease in student arrests

ALIGNED INITIATIVES

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

Using a model rooted in eight core strategies, JDAI helps jurisdictions across the country reduce their juvenile detention populations. JDAI is supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The School Justice Partnership

The purpose of the School Justice Partnership is to enhance collaboration and coordination among schools, mental and behavioral health specialists, law enforcement and juvenile justice officials to help students succeed in school and prevent negative outcomes for youth and communities. It is run by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change

Models for Change is an effort to create successful and replicable models of juvenile justice reform through targeted investments in key states, with core support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

My Brother's Keeper

President Obama launched the My Brother's Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.