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ERIC Number: EJ1039017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
Turning off the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Wilson, Harry
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v23 n1 p49-53 Spr 2014
The causal link between educational exclusion and criminalization of youth is called the "school-to-prison pipeline." This is a byproduct of "zero tolerance" polices that have been widely discredited by research (APA, 2008; Skiba, 2014). However, these practices are still widespread in the United States and have been exported worldwide (Wacquant, 1999). School failure and exclusion predict poor life outcomes and are implicated in the mass incarceration of boys and young men of color. Still, these are not insoluble problems as educators and policy makers are discovering effective strategies to engage instead of exclude these students. This article details four steps that the author believes are necessary to cut off the school-to-prison pipeline: (1) Eliminate zero tolerance; (2) Personal efficacy and systemic change; (3) Community support; and (4) Youth engagement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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