Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Should we treat (minor) juvenile offenders this way?
The title of this article is an example of it: "Texas school police ticketing students as young as 6."
Over six years, school police issued 1,000 tickets to elementary school children in 10 school districts.
Disrupting class, using profanity, misbehaving on a school bus, student fights, and truancy.
This used to mean a trip to the principal's office.
Today, such misbehavior results in a Class C misdemeanor ticket and a trip to court for thousands of Texas students and their families each year," says the Appleseed Texas report (PDF). It examined data from 22 of the state's largest school districts and eight municipal courts.
In the book I show how juveniles are more and more being treated as adults in the criminal justice system. But isn't this going a bit too far, especially during a time when state budgets are strapped.