The “School-to-Prison Pipeline” has been crucial concern of parents, educators, ministers, civil rights activist, lawyers and youth advocates for a number of years. Recently, it has become a major concern of the general public across our country due in large part to the spiraling statistics and the negative impact on children of color. Some advocates have defined the problem as as systematic way of syphoning children out of the public schools and funneling them into the juvenile and criminal justice system. A number of civil rights lawyers regard the journey from " school -to-prison, " as a critical civil rights issue.
Town hall forums will bring together the experts who have developed programs and projects; advocates from diverse backgrouds who are working toward solutions to this devasting issue as well as those who have a plan of action to recommend to those who are concerned. These town hall forums will be open to parents, youth, lawyers, judges, educators, administrators, advocates and the public.