New Proposal Would Make Jailing Kids A Last Resort

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A new proposal in Springfield is looking to find alternatives to keep kids out of jail.

The bill wants to end what’s called the “school-to-prison pipeline.”  It says that schools and law enforcement should use arrests only as a last resort.  But, many districts are turning to arrests rather than alternatives.

“We want to make sure the criminal justice system gets involved,” said Representative Emanuel Welch (D-7th).  “There’s so many things that kids are put into the system for that are for petty offenses and our goal is to keep them in the classroom.

Arrests will still be made if a school crime constitutes as a felony and physical threats were made.

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