Virginia governor asks how to reverse schools’ staggering rate of referrals to cops and courts

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has asked members of his cabinet to recommend policy changes for the Virginia juvenile justice system.

Investigative (NATIONAL, Virginia)

Susan Ferriss
Center for Public Integrity
May 14, 2015
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Tags: Children & Juvenile, Research/Data, Schools: Discipline

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Justice Center (Virginia)


“We’ve seen over and over again the way casual policing of minor misbehavior ruins children’s lives,” said Angela Ciolfi, Charlottesville-based legal director of the Virginia Legal Aid Justice Center’s JustChildren Program. The program has represented children in efforts to obtain special-needs educational services and in discipline hearings.

“We are pleased,” Ciolfi added, “the children’s cabinet is taking an important first step to critically examine how we can better protect children from criminalization.”