New Diversion Program Helping Keep LAUSD Students Out-of-Court

LA School Report

A new LA Unified police diversion program, which replaces arrests with counseling, is keeping hundreds of students out of the city’s criminal justice system.

“If we didn’t have this program, a lot would have gone into a courtroom and before a judge,” said LAUSD police chief Steven Zipperman, in a presentation yesterday to the district’s school board Successful School Climate: Progressive Discipline and Safety Committee.

In his report, Zipperman cited data showing that more than half of all arrests made by school police at LAUSD are Hispanic males, representing 52 percent of all the offenses recorded in the last school year, according to a new report from the district’s police department. The second largest arrest group is Hispanic girls, at 19 percent.

Together, they account for more than 70 percent of the school arrests from the Hispanic population, a figure generally consistent with the demographics of LA Unified, in which 74 percent of the students are Hispanic.

This is the first time such statistics were compiled, by age, race and kinds of offense.

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