School Arrests Going Down, but Impact is Same

CT Post
September 25, 2020

Although on the decline, arrests disproportionately impact kids of color, said Martha Stone, executive director of the Center for Children’s Advocacy in Hartford, which has been tracking data on school-based arrests data for the past three to four years as it relates to entry into the juvenile justice system.

“A lot of it is shining a light on the data,” Stone said. “Then brainstorming on how to get numbers down, particularly as it relates to race, ethnicity and gender.”

In 2018-19, the state reported 1,444 students were arrested. Of those, 386 were black and 548 were Hispanic, combined making up about 65 percent off all student arrests.

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