Schools & Police Punish Students With Costly Tickets for Minor Misbehavior

Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica
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Across Illinois, police officers issue tickets and fine students in schools for adolescent behavior such as littering, making loud noises, or using offensive words. Journalists at The Chicago Tribune and ProPublica analyzed ticketing at 199 school districts in Illinois and documented 11,800 tickets issued to young people by police officers in schools. The article details how students receive tickets for minor misbehaviors, and the serious consequences and harms resulting from such tickets.