† Criminal InJustice is a weekly series devoted to taking action against inequities in the U.S. criminal justice system. Nancy A. Heitzeg, Professor of Sociology and Race/Ethnicity, is the Editor of CI. Kay Whitlock, co-author of Queer (In)Justice, is contributing editor of CI. Criminal Injustice is published every Wednesday at 6 pm.
Ending the School to Prison Pipeline
by nancy a heitzeg
CI has written extensively on the school to prison pipeline over the years. Some key selections include:
Given the new Federal Guidelines which call for suspension/expulsion as the last resort. there has recently been movement towards disrupting the pipeline. But continued pressure is required still that became crystal clear again last week. The Coalition for Critical Change ,Twin Cities held a community forum on the stpp with the candidates for Minneapolis School Board. Even given the advertized agenda, it was difficult to fully engage the necessary questions regarding a focus on school policy ( not anthologizing families of color), bans on suspensions that go beyond the 2nd grade, removing police from the schools, and promoting transfornative justice models that seek to address systems rather than putting the onus only on youth.
Highlights form last years’ National Week of Action Against School Pushout below.
Day 1: We Need Solutions Not Suspensions
Day 2: Counselors Not Cops
Day 3: Racial Disparities in School Discipline
Day 4: Pushout Policies Impacting LGBTQ Youth
5: Restorative Justice Day 6: School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
Day 7: Pushout Policies Impacting Immigrant Youth
Day 8: Invest in Education Not Incarceration