Zero Tolerance Does Not Make Schools Safer: Report
Does zero tolerance achieve its intended effect?
That’s the finding of a new report from the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit research organization that works to improve justice policy. Vera analyzed current research to determine whether zero tolerance policies for minor offenses keep schools safe.
“The research findings and other data on zero tolerance suggest that these policies -– which have been in force for 25 years -– have no real benefit and significant adverse effects,” the report states. “There’s growing consensus that the most effective schools reinforce positive behavior and respond to behavioral problems on a case-by-case basis.”
Read the full report on Vera’s website.