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In partnership with the Kern Educational Justice Collaborative (KEJC), Faith in Kern leaders have been working diligently to end the school to prison pipeline and keep restorative justice on the forefront. With partners, Faith in Kern leaders diverted two million dollars from policing to hire four PBIS counselors and 8 additional school counselors, and to allocate additional funding to parent centers and workshops. Faith in Kern leaders are currently supporting the implementation of PBIS, healing circles for students and parent participation in the classroom. They are also laying the groundwork to shape the Kern Medical Center health plan to become the first pubic hospital in the Central Valley to provide preventative and specialty care for undocumented community members. Faith in Kern leaders were also successful in securing the commitment of the Bakersfield Police Department to begin implementation of 21st Century Policing, building on their 8 year history of working with the Bakersfield Safe Streets Partnership. Moving forward, they are advocating for more diverse hiring of police officers, implicit bias training and greater accountability and transparency, including advancing investigation and review of deadly force.