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OJJDP Acting Administrator Testifies on Ending the "School-To-Prison Pipeline"

December 17, 2012

Testifying before the Senate on December 12, 2012, OJJDP Acting Administrator Melodee Hanes outlined the steps being taken by the Department of Justice to respond to the needs of youth in contact with the justice system, both as victims and offenders, with the goal of ending the cycle of youth being removed from school as a result of exclusionary discipline practices and subsequently becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. Programs such as the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, the Defending Childhood Initiative, the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, and the Federal Interagency Reentry Council address effective school discipline, promote safety for youth, and ensure the well-being of children both in schools and within the justice system.

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Read the full text of Acting Administrator Hanes testimony.