News and Events: The Pipeline to Prison

Webinar: The School Discipline Consensus Report: Strategies from the Field to Keep Students Engaged in School and Out of the Juvenile Justice System

This webinar will review a groundbreaking report released by the CSG Justice Center in June 2014, which provides 60 bipartisan field-driven policy and practice recommendations to provide students with safe, productive learning environments; effectively respond to students’ behavioral health needs; limit the use of suspensions, expulsions, and referrals to the juvenile justice system for minor, school-based offenses, and support educators in building positive school and classroom climates.

U.S. Criticizes Zero-Tolerance Policies in Schools

The New York Times

The Obama administration issued guidelines that recommended public school officials use law enforcement only as a last resort for disciplining students, a response to a rise in zero-tolerance policies that have disproportionately increased the number of arrests, suspensions and expulsions of minority students for even minor, nonviolent offenses.

School-to-Prison Pipeline Intact in North Carolina and New York, Curbed in South Florida and Los Angeles

Race & Justice News (The Sentencing Project)

The Sentencing Project reports that students of color and students with disabilities are disproportionately subjected to out of school suspension in North Carolina and that the number of suspensions doubled during the Bloomberg administration in New York City. Comparatively, school discipline reforms in Florida's Miami-Dade and Broward County Public Schools and for Los Angeles Unified School District are realizing positive change.