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Capitol City Crime Prevention Study: School Discipline and Youth Violence Reduction in Jackson


The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office commissioned this report in response to concerns about juvenile crime in Jackson. The combined efforts of the Jackson Public Schools,(JPS), the Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center(HYJJC), and local nonprofits are failing to stop or even slow the movement of young people into the school-to-prison pipeline.JPS faces both a conduct problem and a discipline problem. Dropout rates are high. The district is not adequately supporting student sand the educational process is chronically disrupted by students who will not or cannot comply with basic rules. Students and staff do not feel safe from assault by a relatively small number of young people with serious conduct problems. At the same time, the discipline process still channels too many students into the criminal justice system.

Community Corrections
Mississippi Office of the Attorney General

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