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Harrisburg, PA. - A number of local police departments and Dauphin County school districts are working together to curb what they call the "school to prison" pipeline. They say their goal is not to excuse bad behavior among young people, but to seek recourse rather than jail time.

"There's too many young people in general, particularly young people of color, that are entered into the juvenile justice system," said Karl Singleton, Senior Adviser to the Harrisburg mayor. " So what we're looking at is obtaining resources that can benefit the masses as opposed to a chosen few. "

Police and members of the Juvenile Justice System are moving forward with a disproportionate minority contact program for areas surrounding Harrisburg. Susquehanna Township has had a successful D.M.C. program for the last five years.