From Playgrounds to Prisons: An updated look at school-based arrests in Arkansas

Each year, law enforcement action is taken in more than 3,000 incidents in Arkansas schools. Just last month, 12 students were arrested at a single Pine Bluff high school, allegedly after a fight. All students were between 14 and 15 years old and each was charged with disorderly conduct. There were no reports of weapons or serious injury. The data show that the majority of children in the state of Arkansas affected by school policing are arrested for nonviolent offenses. This finding is consistent with the nationwide trends. Across the country, millions of students are being removed from their classrooms each year for minor misconduct.