Kevin Bethel was in charge of school police in Philadelphia when he started researching juvenile crime.
“I was shocked to see we were locking up 1,600 kids a year,” Bethel tells Philly.com. “And I was shocked to see the offenses kids were being locked up for.”
The Philadelphia School District established a zero-tolerance policy in 2002.
Through interviews woven into a one-hour special, the life of a young man named Tourrie Moses unfolds onscreen.
And then it unravels.
The One That Got Away aired on select PBS stations for Spotlight Education, a week of programming on today’s education system and the challenges American students face, according to PR Newswire.
“Generation to generation, it all stems from me.”
The lament of Sheldon Johnson, Sr. is a familiar one for many families stuck in a cycle of crime and incarceration. A deaf child raised by parents who showed little interest in communicating with him, Johnson struggled with feelings of inadequacy and nonacceptance.
For Prison Fellowship Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy Craig DeRoche, justice reform is more than a job, it’s a passion developed from personal experience.
At the age of 34, DeRoche was elected Speaker of the House in the Michigan State Legislature—the youngest person to ever hold that position.