Library Search Results for School policies and practices

IACP National Summit Report: Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role in Juvenile Justice Reform

Author:Anna Bahney, Ryan Daugirda, John Firman, Aviva Kurash, and Kate Rhudy

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:This report was produced as a result of the National Summit+

on Law Enforcement Leadership in Juvenile Justice, a two-year collaboration between the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the MacArthur Foundation which sought to engage law enforcement leaders at the executive level on what makes a fair and effective juvenile justice system. It highlights successful reforms by various law enforcement leaders and their agencies and produces a set of actionable recommendations for practice and policy for others to learn from. Page 39 highlights community-based and family-focused strategies enacted in Louisiana and Georgia to provide support services to truant youth who would otherwise be referred to juvenile and family courts.
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Truancy Interventions: A Review of the Research Literature

Author:Richard D. Sutphen, Janet P. Ford, and Chris Flaherty

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2010

Abstract:This article offers a review of literature published between 1990+

and 2007 on 16 evaluative studies of truancy interventions. Each study differed in sample sizes, types of intervention, and definitions of truancy. The authors present the six interventions they find most effective and promising, including community partnerships and family-oriented activities.
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Scared Smart or Bored Straight? Testing Deterrence Logic in an Evaluation of Police-led Truancy Intervention

Author:Gordon Bazemore, Jeanne B. Stinchcomb, and Leslie A. Leip

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2004

Abstract:This paper provides an evaluation of a truancy intervention effort+

in a southeastern county in the U.S. The initiative was a collaboration between the local sheriff's department, social service agencies, the prosecutor's office, and the school board, and called for officers to take truant students to a central Truancy Unit and for social service professionals to make referrals to appropriate services. The data indicate that this  truancy intervention had no impact on future delinquency, and although it may have improved attendance rates in the short-term, the program might have done more harm than good in the long run. The authors conclude that deterrence-focused intervention strategies that are operated using a centralized approach have little positive value in the long-term.      
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Powerpoint presentation from SORC webinar: Using Restorative Practices in Response to Status Offense Behaviors

Author:Status Offense Reform Center

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:This is the powerpoint presentation from SORC’s webinar Using Restorative+

Practices in Response to Status Offense Behaviors, that was hosted on August 27, 2014. Presenters discussed the value of talking circles as a community-focused diversion option for youth, how to implement restorative practices in schools, and how to create sustainable relationships with the courts and law enforcement officials. Presenters included Sydney McKinney, Vera Institute of Justice; Tom Cavanagh, Restorative Justice Education; and Monika Audette, Barron County Restorative Justice Programs.
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School Truancy: A Case Study of a Successful Truancy Reduction Model in the Public Schools

Author:Lorenzo A. Trujillo

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2006

Abstract:This study outlines a school-based Truancy Reduction Program (TRP) that was+

originally implemented in Colorado's Adams County School District 14 in 1999. Truancy is a serious issue in the state of Colorado, where over 70,000 students are out of school every day and over 90%  of youth detained for delinquent acts have a history of truancy. TRP offers truant students and their families a voluntary alternative to court through interventions such as tutoring, group and peer counseling, daily monitoring of homework completion, and drug and alcohol testing. This program has saved the county hundreds of thousands of dollars annually as well as drastically improved the attendance rate for students of all ages.
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Data Snapshot: School Discipline

Author:U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:The Civil Rights Data Collection compiled a series of data+

snapshots from 2011-2012 that focus on school discipline, preschool discipline, and restraint and seclusion. The charts included in this report examine the prevalence of disproportionate minority contact in suspension rates and arrests and referrals to law enforcement, as well as the high rate of students with disabilities who are subjected to physical and mechanical restraint and seclusion. Finally, the report provides a state-by-state comparison of how discipline, restraint, and seclusion are used in schools.
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Truancy Prosecutions of Students and the Right [to] Education

Author:Dean Hill Rivkin

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2011

Abstract:Despite the prevalence of intervention efforts in response to truancy,+

it is unclear how successful these programs are given that truancy still poses a serious problem nationwide and the number truancy petitions filed in juvenile courts is on the rise. There is no firm consensus on what an effective, evidence-based, replicable truancy reduction project looks like, and the tendency to prosecute students for truancy often has harmful outcomes – including incarceration and mental health consequences. This article emphasizes the importance of decriminalizing truancy and reforming the education system in order to reduce the number of chronically truant youth and to help them succeed academically. The article argues that schools must develop individualized comprehensive plans for truant youth before they can be permitted to file truancy petitions against these students, claiming that doing so furthers a student’s “the right to learn.”
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Notes from the Field: Clayton County, GA

Author:Vera Institute of Justice

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:This profile describes the collaborative effort that led to a+

drastic drop in school referrals to court in Clayton County, Georgia. Learn more about the Clayton County Collaborative Child Study Team (Quad-C ST), a panel that connects youth and families to services in the community so that status offenses can be effectively addressed out of court.    
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Video: Clark County’s Status Offense Reform Effort

Author:Jodi Martin

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:Jodi Martin, Models for Change Coordinator for Clark County (WA),+

describes how the current approach to truancy was developed to keep kids in schools and out of court. For more information on this reform effort, visit our Notes from the Field profile for Clark County.
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guiding principles: a resource guide for improving school climate and discipline

Author:U.S. Department of Education

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:This report authored by the U.S. Department of Education outlines+

policy recommendations for improving school climate and safety to ensure that schools are positive and supportive environments in which students can thrive.
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