Man Still Fighting 40-year Sentence for Nonlethal Crime He Committed As 14-year-old

What was about to happen on Feb. 4, 1999, would drastically accelerate the trajectory of Christopher Thomas’ life, which had been spiraling downhill since birth, and end up with him getting sentenced to 40 years in prison as an unarmed tagalong in a nonlethal shooting. Seventeen years later, he is in prison still trying to understand how he got such a harsh sentence in a life that was never really his own.

Educational Exclusion: Drop Out, Push Out, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

The Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) examines the ways in which school systems disproportionately discipline LGBTQ youth while also failing to create a safe environment for them. The report shows how this contributes to an accelerated "school-to-prison pipeline" that harms the lives of LGBTQ youth by forcing them into the juvenile or criminal justice systems at higher rates than non-LGBTQ youth.

ABA Task Force Wants to Help Disrupt School-to-Prison Pipeline

The school-to-prison pipeline is one of our nation’s most pressing challenges, that all of us must help reverse. Not only do these outcomes ruin the lives of youth and their families, but they are also bad for our nation. There are affirmative steps that the American Bar Association is well positioned to take to help reverse these negative trends.

Tamar Birckhead

When a clock is only a clock: Dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline

Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed captured the attention of the public in September when he was arrested during his first weeks at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, for bringing a homemade clock to school to show his engineering teacher . . .

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