Dr. John Kelly: Truancy “Decriminalized?”

9857bb9b5cc6faeea17e2fd3295ffa07I am extremely concerned about a growing movement among Texas legislators this session to water down legal consequences for truancy and other offenses.  In Orwellian doublespeak, proponents of this movement call it “de-criminalization”.  The same legislators also use the phrase “school to prison pipeline” as justifying their position.  Truly de-criminalization should be called “hyper-criminalization” and the “school to prison pipeline” flooded if the legislation passes.

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