The Crime Report 05-31-17

Report Calls on States to Set Guidelines for Cop-Youth Encounters

States play almost no role in setting standards for the way law enforcement agencies interact with young people, according to a nationwide survey released May 31.

The lack of such standards represents a “missed opportunity” for helping youth avoid the harmful lifetime consequences of involvement with the justice system, according to the survey produced by Strategies for Youth, Inc., a Cambridge, MA-based nonprofit.

Clear standards for how police and school resource officers deal with young people would also “almost certainly” lower the risk of the kinds of fatal clashes or discriminatory treatment that has fueled expensive lawsuits or federal oversight in many cities across the country, the survey authors said.

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