Editor: Virginia’s public schools have the highest number of student referrals to the juvenile-justice system in the country, with a rate double the national average. That is astounding.

I applaud Arlington Public Schools and the Arlington County Police Department for signing a school-based memorandum of understanding last year. It is implementation that concerns me.

The school-to-prison pipeline is multifaceted and rooted in implicit bias involving teachers, administrators, police officers, prosecutors and judges, resulting in a racially disparate justice system.

I can’t control much. But I can vote for a commonwealth’s attorney who acknowledges that the school-to-prison pipeline and disparities exist. The incumbent refuses to acknowledge it. That can only mean more of the same if she’s re-elected.

Challenger Parisa Tafti has my vote.

Symone Walker, Arlington

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