California Public School Crime: Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Harold K. Becker, California State University - Long Beach

After fifteen years of evaluating school crime prevention in California, I have concluded that many school districts are reluctant to report student crime that occurs on public school campuses. This impression is based on anecdotal data of an outsider's observation. This limits the school's ability to identify and prevent student crime. Collaboration between law enforcement, educators, parents, students and other community members is influenced by the school's generalized crime data. Therefore, the inaccurate data makes this collaborative effort ineffective. Educators have adopted a "don't ask, don't tell" approach to prevent school crime prevention.

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Updated 05/20/2006