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.
Your child’s school contact is: John Hall, Project Coordinator
416-6259 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Moses, Project Director
416-5645 / email@example.com
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
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
_________________________________________ 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.