Los Angeles district to decriminalize minor offenses

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday is set to announce a major change in the way students are disciplined for some offenses.

School police will no longer issue citations for most campus fights, petty theft and other minor offenses, but instead refer students to counseling and other services.

Students involved in most fights – which make up about 20% of all student arrests – will be referred to city YouthSource Centers for counseling and other services. Students involved in minor theft or possession of alcohol, tobacco or small amounts of marijuana also will be referred to school or community officials rather than the criminal justice system.

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