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Organization: ACLU SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE The School to Prison Pipeline (STPP) is a series of policies and programs that force students out of school systems into juvenile detention centers.
- low income and minority students are disproportionately targeted
- mix of criminalization of education and discipline and increased suspension and expulsion rates Summary School to Prison Pipeline Springfield Coalition (SS2PPS)
The School District
Police Department Prospective of Stakeholders
In Springfield MA Reality of the Situation Our recommendations based on the findings of the ACLU and the statistics of the “School-to-Prison Pipeline” are the following:
Springfield should no longer pay SRO salaries out of the education budget.
total cost $2.5 million
use money instead for
supplies, preventative service
Mandatory training for all School Resource Officers and removal of firearms
will ensure that SROs know how to work with youth populations.
reduce potential for violence in schools
Investigate the disproportionate impact of STPP policies and SROs on low-income and minority populations
help to determine ways to equalize access to education Recommendations SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE Springfield has experienced significant increases in in-school arrests cuts in education funding fuel the STPP phenomenon.
these funds could be used to provide youth programming and prevention and mediation services to youth who are at risk. The criminalization of education and reliance on the prison industrial complex are taking away academic opportunity from students.
According the the ACLU study "Arrested Futures" many in-school arrests are for non-violent, first time offenses. Partner Organization
American Civil Liberties Union ACLU M is focusing on STPP in Boston, Worcester and Springfield We addressed
use of School Resource Officers in Springfield Public Schools
Education budget and expenditures Springfield has been a community of particular concern with heavy rates of minority suspensions, expulsions and incarcerations