This new report from the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality takes a look at how girls of color are consistently arrested by and referred to school-based police officers in disproportionate numbers. It shows how black girls are 2.6 times as likely to be referred to law enforcement on campus and are nearly four times as likely to get arrested in school. Latinas are also heavily disproportionately affected by the presence of school-based police officers. The report outlines how these officers lack specific and regular training for these interactions, resulting in unnecessary arrests and possibly allowing implicit racial biases to cloud judgement. Concluding the report are policy and practice recommendations made in order to help teachers, administrators and school-based officers address in-school issues with girls of color without resorting to arrests or unnecessary interactions.
Black girls are nearly four times more likely to be arrested at school than their white counterparts and Latina girls are almost three times more likely to be arrested in elementary school than white girls, a new report says.
The school-to-prison pipeline refers to the streamlining of at-risk students from schools to incarceration or related correctional-type facilities that results from punitive discipline practices and criminalizing misconduct in schools.
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.
SchoolsNotPrisons, an 11-stop music and arts tour focused on both increasing spending for education and breaking the school-to-prison pipeline in California, wraps up in Stockton, California, on Friday.
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.
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.
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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