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New Center Aims To Curb School To Prison Pipeline

New Center Aims To Curb School To Prison Pipeline

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Steven Dinkin, president, National Conflict Resolution Center

Felicia Singleton, program manager, San Diego Unified School District

Transcript

The new Center for Community Cohesion opened in southeastern San Diego last week with the hope of keeping at-risk youth out of jail.

The center is a partnership between the San Diego-based National Conflict Resolution Center, local law enforcement and the San Diego Unified School District.

A related program at Lincoln High School has been a model for restorative justice practices in San Diego. Steven Dinkin, president of the National Conflict Resolution Center, said the new center aims to build on what has been achieved at the school by expanding similar programs to the neighborhood's middle and elementary schools.

"We're also working with police and citizens with the same type of training, where we bring officers and citizens in the same room to try to create a stronger bond and understanding so we don't have the type of escalation and violence we've seen in other communities we've seen across this country," Dinkin said.

The center is open Monday through Friday and services are provided to community members free of charge.

Dinkin and Felicia Singleton with San Diego Unified discuss Monday on Midday Edition, the vision for the new center.

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