Report | November 2, 2017

De-Criminalizing the Classroom in Mississippi

How alternative school discipline procedures help curb crime

Mississippi’s school discipline procedures have prompted nationwide concern for several years, as the state’s school districts have some of the highest suspension, expulsion, and involvement of law enforcement rates in the nation, particularly for black boys.

Fortunately, models such as the Good Behavior Game, the Incredible Years, Restorative Justice, and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports help reduce suspensions and expulsions while ensuring that schools are safe. Research has found that these models help ameliorate students’ behavior, lead to improvements in the schools’ environments, increase academic achievement for all students, and prevent later crime.

When students succeed academically, their likelihood of coming into contact with law enforcement decreases tremendously.

This is how, together, we will build safer communities.

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