Juvenile Justice Committee

Mission: Support solutions to address racial disproportionality in school suspensions and arrests. Work to stop warrants being served to students at school. Plug up the school to prison pipeline. Advocate for culturally sensitive and inclusive schools.

Chair: Nikki Lockwood

Contact: nlockwood@aclu-wa.org



What is the committee focused on?
Decreasing disproportionality in suspensions and arrests of students in Spokane Public Schools. We are open to other work community members may see as a priority for Juvenile Justice but would need folks to help lead and communicate on those issues.

What does the committee do? 
We meet monthly with school district administrators and other community members to work on solutions and evaluate progress.

What current projects is the committee working on? 

Currently we are moving towards our third year of this work. We have gotten a commitment from the superintendent of Spokane Public Schools to continue the Superintendent’s Work Group on Restorative Practice for another year.

  • We are working on data-driven focusing of resources on schools that continue to struggle with higher numbers of student suspensions and arrests.
  • Understand from parents, students and teachers what further supports are needed to address behaviors in preventable, proactive and restorative ways. To address policies that may impact racial disparities.
  • Advocate for training on implicit bias and cultural responsiveness of all staff and in particularly the Campus Resource Officers, due to the high disproportionality of student arrests and warrants served.
  • This year we will work to help community members to Know Your Rights regarding the updated  OSPI discipline regulations for Washington State.

How/when does the committee meet?
The Superintendent's Work Group meeting schedule is Tuesdays, 3:30pm – 5:30pm, at 200 N Bernard, the SPS Administrative Offices.

  • August 28th
  • September 25th
  • October 23rd
  • November 27th  
  • December – no meeting
  • January 22nd
  • February 26th
  • March 26th
  • April 23rd
  • May 28th

How does someone participate with the committee if they are interested?
Contact the Every Student Counts Alliance, either on FB or at the above email.

What does the committee need to be more effective? 
More parents of color or community of color advocates letting the district know this is a priority to make our schools safer and more inclusive. Policy experts regarding racial equity in education would also be welcomed. Personal stories are always a powerful tool to addressing issues. What does the committee hope to achieve? To end racial disparities in student suspensions and arrests. To provide teachers and students the supports and resources needed to address behaviors and special need to keep kids in school, learning.