Richmond Police Chief: ‘There has to be an alternative to sending kids to jail’

The Police Chief of Virginia wants to change the role police play in local schools.

News Story (Virginia)

Chris Thomas
WWBT Richmond (local NBC, VA)
June 10, 2015
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Tags: Children & Juvenile, School-to-Prison Pipeline, Schools: Discipline

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


The Legal Aide Justice Center says housing one young person in juvenile detention for one year costs $150,000.

“So this really is an issue that impacts all of us,” said Jeree Thomas who is an attorney with the Legal Aid Justice Center. “We are all paying for it…both in social costs and in economic costs.”

Thomas says the program is meant to engage Richmond Public School students, youth from Richmond’s Detention Center, artists, activists, and educators from across Richmond to work on dismantling the school to prison pipeline and reforming Virginia’s juvenile justice system.