News and Events: The Pipeline to Prison

Building the Right Cross-Systems Team to Support your Diversion: The Responder Model

Please join the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) on Tuesday, February 9, at 3:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST), for the second in a four-part webinar series on school-based juvenile justice diversion models for youth with behavioral health needs. The series provides guidance on the essential components of effective school-based diversion

Is 'Zero Tolerance' Failing Iowa Schools?

The Des Moines Register

In the state of Iowa the excessive use of suspensions since 2009 has come under much scrutiny. In the last school year, school officials in Iowa suspended students 56,032 times. Though this figure is a reduction from higher numbers in recent times, education advocates see signs of a broken-system.

An overwhelming majority of suspensions were classified as either being caused by disruptive behavior or attendance; 4% of suspensions were the result of ‘fighting without injury’  “By spending time away from the classroom, students are missing out on education and they’re falling behind,” said Nazgol Ghandnoosh, a research analyst for the Sentencing Project, a civil rights advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.

New York Attorney General Calls for Albany School Reforms on School Discipline

New York State Office of the Attorney General/WYNT

An Investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office found that over a  five year period Albany School District suspended one in eight students each school year, disproportionately affecting minority and disabled students. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman came to an agreement with the Albany School District to ensure that school discipline policies are not discriminatory in nature and practice. A. G. Schneiderman took specific aim at the school-to-prison-pipeline which has obstructed vulnerable children from receiving services they need help to succeed.

National Youth-at-Risk Conference

The conference trains adults who serve youth to create safe, healthy, caring, and intellectually empowering educational environments that foster the well-being of all children and adolescents. In these presentations, participants learn about current research-based educational programs and strategies, which empower young people to overcome at-risk conditions that may threaten their safety, health, emotional needs, or academic achievement. 

Third Grader Handcuffed in School

ACLU

The children, an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, were so small that the school resource officer, Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner in Covington, Kentucky, locked the handcuffs around the children's biceps and forced their hands behind their backs, the lawsuit charges. A disturbing video shows the boy, S.R., being shackled and crying out in pain. S.R. has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a history of trauma. 

Virginia tops nation in sending students to cops, courts: Where does your state rank?

The Center for Public Integrity

Kayleb Moon-Robinson was 11 years old last fall when charges — criminal charges — began piling up at school.


Diagnosed as autistic, Kayleb was being scolded for misbehavior one day and kicked a trash can at Linkhorne Middle School in Lynchburg, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A police officer assigned to the school witnessed the tantrum, and filed a disorderly conduct charge against the sixth grader in juvenile court.

Roundtable: Reversing the School to Prison Pipeline for African Americans and Minorities: Comprehensive Programs, Practices, and Policy Solutions

This session aims to provide effective and comprehensive programs and policy alternatives for reversing the school-to-prison pipeline that better address the root causes and systemic trends and factors that minority youth face in and outside of the school system.

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