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This former Philadelphia cop had an incredibly simple plan to keep kids out of prison. Don’t arrest them.

Kevin Bethel didn’t become a police officer to lock up children. But it was under his watch as deputy police commissioner that Philadelphia’s school to-prison pipeline was in full effect.

Now retired, Bethel is on a mission to keep children out of prison, with a police-led school diversion program that is showing impressive results.

For nearly a decade, Philadelphia’s zero-tolerance policies meant that police had to be called for anything ranging from minor misconduct to possible weapons. Metal detectors at the schools meant that even items safely stowed in backpacks, such as pepper spray carried for a walk to school through a dangerous neighborhood, a box cutter or pair of shears needed for an after-school job or an art project resulted in a call to the police.

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Philadelphia cuts back suspensions for kindergarteners – Education Week

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Philadelphia adopts sweeping transgender student policy – Education Week

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IANS Philadelphia Information Security Forum

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Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Date: October 5 – 6, 2016 Conference Title: IANS Philadelphia Information Security Forum Where: Philadelphia, PA, United States IANS’ Information Security Forums bring together experienced IT and information security practitioners for confidential information sharing on the industry’s most important issues, technologies, and trends. The two-day Forums include a series of keynote addresses, technical and strategic […]

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Philadelphia Child Sex Abuse Nonprofit Invites Pope Francis to Visit Read more: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Philadelphia-Child-Sex-Abuse-Nonprofit-Invites-Pope-Francis-for-a-Visit

How do you put an international spotlight on an issue like child sexual abuse which people often don’t like to hear about?

Have the leader of one the largest organized religions in the world stop by for a visit.

That’s what staff of the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance (PCA) are hoping will happen come September.

The nonprofit, which offers care to sexually abused children and works with police to bring their abusers to justice, penned a letter to Pope Francis asking him to visit their facility when he travels to Philadelphia for the upcoming World Meeting of Families conference.

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