WBEZ | school arrests http://www.wbez.org/tags/school-arrests Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Advocates say disproportionate number of black kids arrested at Chicago schools http://www.wbez.org/story/advocates-say-disproportionate-number-black-kids-arrested-chicago-schools-95794 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-25/848_20100915c_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>If you look at all Chicago arrests of juveniles in 2010, a fifth occurred on Chicago Public Schools property. That’s way too many arrests, according to a <a href="http://policeincps.com">report out from Project NIA</a>, a Chicago-based advocacy group that works against incarceration of kids.&nbsp;</p><p>The Chicago police department data that NIA crunched found 5,574 juvenile arrests on CPS property in 2010.</p><p>Of those arrests, about three-quarters involved African-American youth, even though black students comprise 45 percent of the school population.</p><p>The researchers found about a third of all arrests were for simple battery. The next highest categories were drug abuse violations and disorderly conduct.</p><p>Project NIA’s report calls for CPS to “redirect resources away from policing” and says CPS should beef up so-called restorative justice programs, which can help resolve problems before the police become involved.</p><p>In a statement, CPS said it will be reviewing the report, and getting feedback on ways to provide safe environments for students at all schools. &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 02:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/advocates-say-disproportionate-number-black-kids-arrested-chicago-schools-95794