School-to-Prison Pipeline: What Are The Problems? What Are The Solutions?
The “School-to-Prison Pipeline” has been a crucial concern of parents, educators, ministers, civil rights activists, 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 a systematic way of siphoning children out of 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 pipeline,” as a critical civil rights issue.
Town hall forums brought together the experts who have developed programs and projects; advocates from diverse backgrounds who are working toward solutions to this devastating issue as well as those who have a plan of action to recommend to those who are concerned. These town hall forums were open to parents, youth, lawyers, judges, educators, administrators, advocates, and the public.