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How states can shrink school-to-prison pipelines and reap enormous benefits
In the 1990s, states began to address low-risk youth conduct with zero tolerance policies that criminalized acts like fights without injuries, vandalism, petit theft, underage drinking, marijuana possession, and other common youth misbehaviors. These petty acts—in previous days handled by principals or parents—are now regularly dealt with by police using arrests. Arrests for common