Professor Joseph Tulman, Director of the School of Law's Juvenile & Special Education Law Clinic and Took Crowell Institute for At-Risk Youth, was quoted in The Corrections Connection Network News on the need for D.C. policymakers to look beyond policing and incarceration when it comes to the city's public safety strategy.
"The right answer – and the right thing to do -- is to keep young people in school,” added Joseph B. Tulman, Director of the Took Crowell Institute at the U.D.C. David A. Clarke School of Law. "Pushing children who miss school into the delinquency system defies common sense; it is counter-productive. When authorities use aversive responses and promote punitive policies, they increase kids’ alienation from school and decrease the likelihood that those kids will pass to the next grade and ultimately graduate from high school. We know what works: school-wide positive behavioral programs, along with individualized services for students who have particularly difficult circumstances that contribute to school exclusion and absences.”