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Police in the HallwaysDiscipline in an Urban High School$
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Kathleen Nolan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675524

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675524.001.0001

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Instituting the Culture of Control

Instituting the Culture of Control

Disciplinary Practices and Order Maintenance

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(p.53) Chapter 3 Instituting the Culture of Control
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Police in the Hallways
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Kathleen Nolan

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816675524.003.0004

This chapter illustrates the student–police dynamic as processes through which an aggressive police response can create a flow of students into the criminal-justice system. Within the zero tolerance policy students often enter the criminal-justice system by first being caught committing minor infractions (i.e. cutting class, wearing a hat, being disruptive, etc.) by the law enforcement, upon which these acts are escalated to “insubordinate” or “disrespectful” behavior. In other cases, such as when the student’s violation is indeed serious (i.e. fighting, and so on), the police often intervene despite such situations being the traditional venue for school disciplinarians to address. And as seen through a pair of case studies, the aggressive disciplinary practices of the law enforcement have led many students to criminal court—and more broadly, such experiences have become the norm.

Keywords:   zero tolerance, criminal court, criminal-justice system, student–police dynamic, law enforcement, case studies

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