Malloy says ‘school to prison pipeline’ being stopped

Malloy says ‘school to prison pipeline’ being stopped


BEEN SIMILAR THREATS AT OTHER J-C-C’S AROUND THE COUNTRY. THE AIM OF A NEW PROGRAM IN NEW HAVEN, WEST HAVEN AND WATERBURY IS HAVING SUCCESS IN REDUING THE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO END UP IN THE COURT SYSTEM AND IN PRISON. TODAY GOVERNOR MALLOY DELIVERED SOME ENCOURAGING NUMBERS CHIEF POLTICAL CORRESPONDENT MARK DAVIS JOINS US LIVE WITH MORE… GOOD EVENING MARK.GOOD EVENING. THE IDEA BEHIND THIS IS THAT KIDS IN SCHOOL THAT ACT UP AND GET INTO TROUBLE DON’T NEED TO BE DISCIPLINED…. THEY NEED TO BE HELPED. 3 WITH A STUDENT POPULATION OF ABOUT 12- HUNDRED, THE WALLACE MIDDLE SCHOOL IN WATERBURY IS ONE OF THE LARGEST MIDDLE SCHOOLS IN THE STATE. LAST YEAR SUSPENSIONS AND EXPLUSIONS BECAUSE OF DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS HERE WENT DOWN OVER 50 PERCENT. REFERRALS TO THE JUVENILE COURT SYSTEM WENT DOWN A SIMILAR AMOUNT. ACTUAL ARRESTS AT SCHOOL WENT DOWN OVER 60 PERCENT. SIMILAR NUMBERS ARE BEING REPORTED AT SCHOOLS IN NEW HAVEN, WEST HAVEN AND BRIDGEPORT. THIS SUCCESS IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO A NEW PROGRAM CALLED THE “SCHOOL BASED DIVERSION INITIATIVE. 13 YEAR OLD JAIVON WHITE SAYS HE WASN’T DOING WELL IN SIXTH AND SEVEN GRADE, FREQUENTLY IN TROUBLE.[WHITE] “I’M DOING FINE NOW, I HAVN’T GOTTEN IN TROUBLE IN LIKE FIVE OR FOUR MONTHS.” THE PRINCIPAL HERE SAYS JAIVON HAS IMPROVED ONE HUNDRED PERCENT AND SO HAVE MANY, MANY OTHERS. JACKIE DAVIS RUNS THE PROGRAM IN WATERBURY.[M.DAVIS] WHAT HAPPEND WITH JAIVON THAT WOULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO? [JACKIE DAVIS] “WELL, PAST PRACTICE HAS BEEN JUST TO DISCIPLINE THE MISBEHAVIOR. NOW WE’RE LOOKING MORE AT CORRECTING BEHAVIOR SO PART OF THAT IS UNDERSTANDING WHY HE MADE THE CHOICE HE DID BUT THEN HELPING HIM TO MAKE BETTER CHOICES IN THE FUTURE.” IN MANY CASES THAT CAN MEAN CONNECTING THE STUDENT WITH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES AND EMERGENCY MOBIL PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES…SHIFTING AWAY FROM PUNITIVE DISCIPLINE WHICH SEEMS TO BE WORKING BETTER. GOVERNOR MALLOY NOTED TODAY THAT THE STATE IS FUNDING THIS IN 37 SCHOOLS IN 13 DISTRICTS… BUT CAN’T AFFORD TO DO IT EVERYWHERE.[MALLOY] “ONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU HOPE FOR IN BRINGING A PROGRAM LIKE THIS TO SCHOOLS IS THAT DISTRICTS THEMSELVES WILL REALIZE THAT THIS IS A BETTER WAY TO SPEND THEIR MONEY.” TEACHERS AND OTHER SCHOOL PROFESSIONALS ARE TRAINED TO RECOGNIZE BEHAVIOR HEALTH PROBLEMS AND HOW TO ACCESS COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND PUT THEM TOGETHER WITH THE KIDS THAT NEED THEM. LIVE, FROM THE HARTFORD NEWSROOM, MARK DAVIS, NEWS 8.

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