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About forty percent of the nation’s local law enforcement agencies have full-time officers policing public schools. That’s according to a Congressional Research Service report from 2013. Police are responsible for school security in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston and many other school districts across country. Having cops in schools has coincided with a decline in crime. But some critics say it can make troublesome behavior worse and actually steer kids into the criminal justice system. Gwynne Hogan reports from New York.

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Ihbragin Garcia was convicted at 17 for gun possession. He is currently being held in Hudson County Correctional Facility in New Jersey.

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PHOTO_Hogan_Gwynne_8Armanie Garcia and Eunice Garcia, Ihbragin’s son and wife, take the bus to visit him.

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