ACLU of Northern California v. Stockton Unified School District (School to Prison Pipeline)

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Feb 15, 2019

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Students from Stockton Unified

In June, 2016, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California sued the Stockton Unified School District (SUSD) for violating state and federal law by refusing to release SUSD's Police Department student arrest and citation data. A Public Records Act request by the ACLU revealed that from 2012-2016, the SUSD police department filed 12,000 “incident reports." However, in response to the ACLU's request, the district chose to withold crucial information, like the reason for arrests and citations, and data on the youth affected.

Stockton Unified was eventually forced to turn over the full student arrest data, and in June 2017, the ACLU released a report that showed a culture of over-policing at SUSD that had the harshest impact on Black students, Latinx students, and students with disabilities. Following the report, the Stockton Education Equity Coalition released a ‘Report Card’ that summarized the ACLU's analysis and provided recommendations to the District.

In 2019, the District and its police department entered into a settlement with the California Department of Justice and agreed to implement a number of reforms to stop criminalizing student misbehavior and prevent discriminatory policing. 

Learn More:

Over-Policing in Stockton Unified Remains Rampant, with 3,000 Police “Incident Reports” Each Year (June 28, 2016)

ACLU Releases New Data on Stockton Unified’s Pattern of Wrongly Arresting Students (June 6, 2017)

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