PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

L.A. Moves To Arrest Fewer Misbehaving Students

Steve Zipperman, chief of the Los Angeles School Police Department, announces the new school discipline initiatives, Aug. 19, 2014. (Los Angeles School Police Department/Facebook)

Steve Zipperman, chief of the Los Angeles School Police Department, announces the new school discipline initiatives, Aug. 19, 2014. (Los Angeles School Police Department/Facebook)

Los Angeles public schools are planning to reduce police response to student infractions.

Los Angeles students hold up a banner supporting the new school discipline initiatives, during the announcement on Aug. 19. 2014. (Los Angeles School Police Department/Facebook)

Los Angeles students hold up a banner supporting the new school discipline initiatives, during the announcement on Aug. 19. 2014. (Los Angeles School Police Department/Facebook)

The Los Angeles Unified School District is the second largest in the country, after New York, but it has the largest police force. Last year, it issued more than 1,300 citations — many for fighting or for being caught with alcohol, cigarettes or small amounts of marijuana.

In the future, these infractions will be dealt with differently. Students will instead be referred to counseling and other services.

The change is the culmination of a long fight by judges, government officials, advocates and attorneys.

Judge Michael Nash is the presiding judge of the Los Angeles Juvenile Courts. He has been a juvenile court judge for 25 years. He speaks to Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti.

Meghna also speaks with Ruth Cusick, an education rights lawyer for Public Counsel, a national non-profit law firm.

Guests


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Spotlight

Peter O’Dowd follows the route of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train 150 years ago, to look at modern-day race relations and Lincoln's legacy.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

May 1 Comment

Lincoln History Told Through Tree Rings

At President Abraham Lincoln's funeral in 1865, the oak tree stood just a few feet from the event, shading the funeral choir.

May 1 Comment

Chigozie Obioma Makes A Splash With Debut Novel

"The Fishermen" is earning raves in the literary world and drawing comparisons to the late Chinua Achebe.

April 30 Comment

Lincoln’s Legacy Inspires Greek Family Business In Decatur

Our Tracking Lincoln series continues with the third-generation owner of the Lincoln Square Lounge.

April 29 Comment

Placebo Effect: It Might Not Be In Your Head After All

There's new evidence that what's going on with the placebo effect is more than psychological. The implications are numerous.