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Attorney General Holder and Secretary Duncan Announce Supportive School Discipline Initiative

July 21, 2011

Attorney General Eric HolderSecretary of Education Arne Duncan

On July 21, 2011, at the quarterly meeting of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in Washington, DC, Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the creation of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative. The Initiative is a collaboration between the two agencies that hopes to target the school disciplinary policies and in-school arrests that push youth out of school and into the justice system, also known as the school-to-prison pipeline.

Attorney General Holder remarked, "By bringing together government, law enforcement, academic, and community leaders, I'm confident that we can make certain that school discipline policies are enforced fairly and do not become obstacles to future growth, progress, and achievement."

The meeting also included presentations on federal strategies to increase youth and family engagement in the juvenile justice system and recommendations for action from the final consolidated report of the Council's issue teams.


Read a press release about the announcement of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/July/11-ag-951.html.

Read a recent research report on the school-to-prison pipeline from the Council of State Governments, at http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/system/files/Breaking_School_Rules.pdf.

For further information, visit the Coordinating Council's Web site, at www.juvenilecouncil.gov.


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