Zero tolerance policies in schools have been shown to be ineffective in reducing juvenile crime and delinquency and contribute to increased rates of suspensions, expulsions and school referrals to the juvenile justice system. These policies also increase the likelihood that students will be involved deeper in the juvenile justice system in the future. 

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is partnering with the IACP, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the National Association of State Boards of Education, and the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice to establish and operate a National Resource Center on School Justice Partnerships, which will provide research, training and technical assistance to develop effective school/justice policies and practice across the nation.


  • The Role of School Resource Officers in Schools Webinar: A panel of subject matter experts discussed the interrelated responsibilities between law enforcement agencies and school administrators to ensure appropriate placement of school resource officers (SROs). Overarching topics include: the importance of Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between schools and police departments to establish roles and responsibilities; SRO selection and training and the impact on the quality of student interactions; and the role of SROs in reducing school pathways into the juvenile justice system. Panelists include: Mark Bedell, Superintendent, Kansas City Public Schools; Mo Canady, Executive Director, National Association of School Resource Officers; and Moses Robinson, School Resource Officer, Rochester City (NY) School District. Click here to view.

Resources in Development

  • School/Justice Training Institute: Two and a half day classroom training for multidisciplinary teams (i.e. law enforcement, education, courts, mental health partners) on best practices to keep kids safely in school by  collaborating to provide a continuum of prevention and early intervention services to address student mental and behavioral health issues and implement alternatives to formal juvenile justice processing.
  • Resource Publications: A series of technical assistance bulletins on topics such as: self-evaluation, assessing data capacity, roles of school, law enforcement, and mental health in working with courts, and strategies for increasing the youth and family voice in juvenile justice reform efforts.
  • Webinars and Distance Learning: Webinar and distance learning opportunities may cover topics such as: school discipline, collaboration, strategic planning, and data collection.
  • Technical Assistance: Technical assistance will be available to select jurisdictions on topics such as: positive discipline practices, implicit bias, diversion, data collection, trauma-informed practices, implementing and sustaining evidence based practices, and other topics related to school/justice partnerships.


External Resources

School Justice Partnership National Resource Center
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Website
National Association of State Boards of Education Website
National Child Traumatic Stress Network Website 
National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Website


For more information, please contact Program Manager Kelly Burke at  or 800-843-4227 ext. 842.


This web page  is funded through a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this web page (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).