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The Criminalization of Students

There are more direct links between schools and prisons as well. Chief among them, Weissman says, is “the increased presence of police in schools.” In the late 1970s, there were only about 100 police officers in schools in the entire country. By 2003, at the peak, there were 14,300. That figure has declined somewhat because of funding cuts, but not by much. Today, New York City has more police in schools than are deployed in most U.S. cities.