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Keeping kids safe, and out of prison

A compassionate program designed to keep youngsters out of the criminal justice system was implemented five years ago in Broward County, Florida - the very county where 17 people died Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Now, The Promise Program, as it’s known, is coming under attack. If critics succeed in dismantling it - along with similar programs across the nation - it would be a tragic footnote to an already horrific event.
The debate centers on the role of police officers at schools. Many, myself included, believe on-duty cops should be stationed outside all schools, at least as long ...


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