Document Sample
S.H.A.P.E Powered By Docstoc
					Your child,                                                  The Memphis City Schools
_________________________________________ ,
has been referred to the Memphis City Schools                Is administered through the school district’s
                                                               Department of School Safety, Security &
School House Adjustment Program Enterprise.
                                                                       Emergency Management

Your child’s school contact is:                                          John Hall, Project Coordinator
                                                                         416-6259 /
                                                                         Sam Moses, Project Director
                                                                       416-5645 /
Phone number:
                                                                           Gerald Darling, Chief
_________________________________________                   School Safety, Security & Emergency Management

                                                             in collaboration with the following agencies:
                                                                        Shelby County Government
                                                                  Memphis & Shelby County Juvenile Court
                                                                   Shelby County Public Defender’s Office
_________________________________________                                    City of Memphis
                                                                        Memphis Police Department                                                S.H.A.P.E.
                                                                                                                                                  School House Adjustment

                                                                                                                                                    Program Enterprise
                                                                   BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
________________________________________                              Martavius D. Jones, President
                                                                   Stephanie Gatewood, Vice President
                                                                             Tomeka R. Hart
_________________________________________                                    Betty J. Mallott
                                                                        Patrice Jordan Robinson
_________________________________________                                    Dr. Jeff Warren
                                                                           Dr. Sharon A. Webb
                                                                        Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr.
_________________________________________                                   Dr. Freda Williams

_________________________________________                                       Superintendent
_________________________________________                                          Dr. Kriner Cash


_________________________________________                                                                                                     An Alternative to Juvenile Court for
_________________________________________                                                                                                   Students Committing Minor Infractions
               A special thanks to                                                                                                             within the Memphis City Schools
        Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton,
                                                                               2597 Avery Avenue

  City of Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton, and
                                                                         Memphis, Tennessee 38112
      Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin
                                                     Memphis City Schools does not discriminate in its programs or employment on the
                                                        basis of race, color, religion, national origin, handicap/disability, sex or age.
                                                  For more information, please contact the Office of Equity Compliance at (901) 416-6670.
                                                Memphis City Schools S.H.A.P.E.
                       The Memphis City Schools                What does the School House                                                          What are the offenses that will be
                       School House Adjustment
                       Program Enterprise (S.H.A.P.E.)         Adjustment Program Enterprise do?                                                   considered for the Memphis City
                       aims to reduce the number of            The SHAPE curriculum consists of homework assistance,                               Schools School House Adjustment
                       Memphis City Schools students           tutoring, mentoring, counseling, and social and life skills                         Program Enterprise?
                       sent to Juvenile Court for minor        training. Students stay in the program for 90 days.
                       infractions. It is funded through       This program is an alternative method that Memphis City                             Typically, if a student commits one of the offenses
                       the Disproportionate Minority           Schools is using to work with juvenile offenders who have                           listed below, the student may be eligible for the
                       Contact (DMC) Pilot Project.            committed minor offenses. The intent of the School                                  S.H.A.P.E. Assault and disorderly conduct account
This state grant is funded by the Office of Juvenile           House Adjustment Enterprise Program is to provide                                   for approximately 65% of the students taken to
Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Act. It             immediate consequences, such as community services or                               Juvenile Court for 2006:
requires all states to address overrepresentation of           restitution and a prompt and convenient resolution for the
minority juveniles detained or confined in secure              victim. At the same time, it benefits the juvenile by avoid-                          • Assault (Non-Serious Injuries)
detention facilities, secured correctional facilities, jails   ing the stigma of a juvenile record. In many instances, this                          • Disorderly Conduct
and lock-ups throughout the country. The Pilot                 early intervention will deter the youth from continuing
Program is to decrease the number of minority stu-                                                                                                   • Criminal Trespass
                                                               negative behavior and divert the youth from progressing
dents sent to Juvenile Court for committing minor
                                                                 into the juvenile justice system.
infractions. Similar programs have                                                                                                                 What are the benefits to the
shown success in Chicago and New
                                                                               How does the program work?                                          School House Adjustment Program
                                                                            In S.H.A.P.E, the Site Coordinator typically                           Enterprise?
How did this program get                                                  asks the juvenile, a parent or guardian/
                                                                        caregiver, or other responsible adult to come to                           The program allows students
started in Memphis?                                                the school within 5 days to discuss the offense . This                          to continue with their aca-
The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth                 process allows the Site Coordinator to resolve minor                                demic studies and to have
(TCCY) is charged with implementing the OJJDP                  disputes without the need to file a complaint with the                              their behavioral progress
requirements and looking at the overall societal issues        court. The School Staff may refer a juvenile for needed                             monitored by school staff,
that contribute to the disparate number of youth who           services and require the juvenile to make restitution if                            instead of being transported to
encounter the juvenile justice system in Tennessee.            needed. The Site Coordinator will discuss the offense                               Juvenile Court and obtaining a juvenile record.
Here in Memphis, a collaborative effort by Shelby              with the juvenile’s parent or guardian/caregiver and                                Students in the program will receive and participate
County Mayor’s Office, Juvenile Court, Public                  request assurances that the juvenile will not commit any                            in a violence prevention curriculum that is based on
Defenders Office, City of Memphis Mayor’s Office,              future offenses. Victims of minor offenses are often better                         best practices by the Office of Juvenile Justice and
Memphis Police Department and Shelby County                    served when matters can be resolved locally, providing a                            Delinquency as effective, promising or exemplary.
Disproportionate Minority Contact Task Force was               more efficient and expeditious resolution.                                          This will reinforce program strategies and concepts
instrumental in Memphis City Schools receiving grant                                                                                               in everyday interactions with students and teach
funding to launch this pilot program in Memphis City                                                                                               them how to model skills and behaviors in all inter-
Schools.                                                        This project is supported by Grant# 626000360 awarded by the State of              actions with other students and staff.
                                                                Tennessee, Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth. Points of view in
                                                                this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the
                                                                official position or policies of the State of Tennessee, or Tennessee Commission
                                                                on Children and Youth.

Shared By: