II. Paths to Juvenile Court

Though zero-tolerance policies likely push students out of schools, these young people do not always end up in court. This Part studies ways that youth enter the juvenile justice system, particularly after being subjected to zerotolerance policies. Section II.A examines the role schools play in referring students to law enforcement and juvenile justice systems. Section II.B then discusses the increasing use of school resource officers (SROs). Finally, section II.C explores ways that intake officers and government attorneys process juvenile cases.