What is the school-to-prison pipeline?
It’s a series of policies that emphasize punishing children more than educating them. These policies took hold in the last 15 years – many a well-meaning response to school shootings like Columbine and “tough on crime” rhetoric around the country.
These policies have led, however, to the increased presence of police in schools; higher rates of suspensions, expulsions, and dropouts; and a jump in the number of students pulled out of schools and funneled into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Of dire consequence is the practice of criminalizing nonviolent behavior formerly handled by school administrators, like disrupting or skipping class, arriving late, or writing on school property. MORE »« LESS