CSG Justice Center Joint Session on School Discipline and Justice Reinvestment

Presented by the CSG Justice Center

Monday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m.-Noon


Part I: Containing Costs and Increasing Public Safety
Corrections spending, the second fastest-growing state budget item after health care, creates barriers for states seeking to make investments in public safety strategies like law enforcement crime-reduction strategies and community-based treatment. Panelists will share lessons from states that have used justice reinvestment, a data-driven approach to improve public safety, reduce corrections spending, and reinvest savings in strategies that can decrease crime and reduce recidivism.


Part II: How State Officials Can Support School Discipline Reform
Millions of students are suspended from school each year. Research shows when students are removed from the classroom for disciplinary reasons, they are at increased risk of repeating a grade, dropping out of school, and coming into contact with the juvenile justice system. This session will review a groundbreaking report providing bipartisan recommendations to engage all students in safe, productive learning environments; effectively respond to their behavioral health needs; and limit the use of suspensions, expulsions and referrals to the juvenile justice system for minor school-based offenses.