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School To Prison Pipeline

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Gwendolyn Fong

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School-To-Prison Pipeline

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"The School-to- Prison Whattt?"
School to Prison Pipeline
Our Action!

- To promote awareness and recognition through informing the public. Our group went downtown Santa Cruz to distribute pamphlets and discuss about the school-to-prison-pipeline.
- To be conscientious of school polices.
- Influence others to take action!

Some Statistics!
Students from two groups—
racial minorities
children with disabilities
—are misrepresented in the school-to-prison pipeline.
African American students, are
3.5 times
more likely than their white classmates to be suspended or expelled.

of public school children have been identified as having disabilities; these students make up
of juvenile detention centers.
Students with a history of misconduct are more likely to
misbehaving, drop-out of school, less likely to graduate and end up in jail.
Reports show that detention has a negative impact on young people's
well-being (
have depression;
have learning disabilities)

prioritizes incarceration over education
disproportionately targets youth of color and youth with disabilities
studies show that removing students from classrooms does not improve behavior, and instead increases the chance of students ending up behind bars (Losen)
Zero Tolerance Policy
1999 Zero Tolerance Policies
creates mandatory punishments for specific offenses
exceptions or substitute punishments
policies initially targeted drug and weapon possession BUT policies now extended to nonviolent and non-drug behavior
includes defiance of authority, habitual profanity, defacing school property etc
goal of Zero Tolerance Policy is to have uniform school discipline approach, maintain safe school, and discourage students from disruptive behavior
Problems with Zero Tolerance Policy
focuses on
the students and severely punishes students who do not submit or conform
zero tolerance end up being used more often for
minor infractions
rather than serious ones which puts students who are suspended from school more
at risk to drop out
disproportionate treatment by

helps further create racial disparities in education and widen
social inequalities
review of Youth Corrections proves that detention has negative impact on young people's mental and physical well-being (
1/3 incarcerated youth have depression; 40% have learning disability
What can we ALL can do?
Eliminate Zero Tolerance policies within school systems by
and government representatives.
Focus on criminal and violence intervention for students with
rather than punishment or criminalization
refers to the policies and practices that pushes students out of classrooms and into juvenile and criminal justice systems
Short Term Goals
Spreading awareness
Empowering students
Long Term Goals
Changing policies
Fight for quality education
De-institutionalizing racism
School administration, faculty and teachers should think of ways to reconstruct school punishment/discipline to make a more positive school environment.
How it relates to the readings:
Political Issues (Baro)
minority and students of color are in a system of oppression
without realizing
the effects it has in their lives
we must raise
of this issue in order to break free from this institutionalized form of racism and oppression
Legitimization of Oppression (wolfe)
Modern day
is perpetuated in correlation with education by the Zero Tolerance Act adopted by school
legitimized by
racial profiling
of students by authorities and also excuse of "bad student behavior" (
culturally biased

Alternatives to punitive discipline.
Positive behavioral and intervention support (PBIS)
Decriminalizing truancy and positively supporting school attendance
Restorative justice
State-wide legislative action
Listen to what children have to say
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