school to prison pipeline

school to prison

resource above suggested by Dana..


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The term “school-to-prison pipeline” is a phrase that is used by education reform activists and organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU), the Justice Policy Center, Advancement Project, and the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) to describe what they view as a widespread pattern in the United States of pushing students, especially those who are already at a disadvantage, out of school and into the American criminal justice system. They argue that this “pipeline” is the result of public institutions being neglectful or derelict in properly addressing students as individuals who might need extra educational or social assistance, or being unable to do so because of staffing shortages or statutory mandates. The resulting miseducation and mass incarceration are said to create a vicious circle for individuals and communities.

The school-to-prison pipeline is understood to operate at all levels of US government (federal, state, county, city and school district), and both directly and indirectly.



The incredible story of how a 16-year-old high school sophomore from the Bronx ended up spending nearly three years locked up at the Rikers jail in New York City after he says he was falsely accused of stealing a backpack.

85% of people at rikers – not conficted

95% of cases are plea bargains
a ki – 16 yrs – after 2.5 yrs – 2 yrs in solitary – gets a plea offer – and he declines – he could not have been greater pressure to plead.. he says, “i’m all right.. i’m not guilty.” 
over and over – prosecutors: “people not ready.. request more time”
worksheets slipped under door – not often picked up
kalief attempted suicide several times..
solitary was almost addictive
before the law:
by Jennifer Gonnerman
Kalief’s attorney: Paul Prestia


nov 2014:

Moving Student Photos Document School-To-Prison Pipeline

Students participating in a program with the nonprofit group Critical Exposure contend that disciplinary practices in the District’s public schools contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline, which pushes minority and vulnerable students out of school and into the penal system.



I would have been a convicted felon. I mean it; being bullied would have destroyed my life.…

Missouri will soon treat all schoolyard fights as felonies, regardless of age.…


doc: prison kids – 2015




n prison

prison ed

cure violence

cevin soling

peter m – (cure)(city)



evolution of a criminal – Darius Clark Monroe


feb 2017 – Louisiana kid goes viral with project on ‘School to Prison Pipeline’

Jalen Kennedy, a sixth grader at Morehouse Magnet School in Bastrop, LA.


Within two days Kennedy’s research had been shared with over 75,000 people across America.


Contrary to popular opinion, Jalen says he doesn’t believe Education and Poverty are root causes for the School to Prison Pipeline in America. “The lack of Spirituality and Cultural Enlightenment are the root causes of most of the problems with black youth. His research proved another symptom is related to unjust school policies which are created by school systems. “The school policies are hard on children who lack discipline. Since most Black children, male and female, lack Cultural Enlightenment, they also lack discipline at times. When we are not disciplined to learn we are constantly being sent to the office.  This is how the school to prison pipeline begins,” he explains..


“I think those organizations should talk with me and other brilliant Black students throughout America and ask us to serve on Youth Leadership Boards. Some of us are really paying attention and are eager to work.  We shouldn’t have to wait ’til we are older to get involved.Our country and our community needs us now.


A pediatric psychiatrist on how mental health issues are routinely criminalized in the school-to-prison cycle:
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stunning case of a 15-year-old Black girl with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who was placed in juvenile detention for not doing her homework.

Grace, Black Teen Jailed for Not Doing Her Online Coursework, Is Released
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