Essay about Cradle to Prison Pipeline

679 Words May 26th, 2011 3 Pages
The Cradle to Prison Pipeline

The cradle to prison pipeline is a campaign that calls all states to stop spending unnecessary money on the effects of the problems resulting from children being arrested, convicted, incarcerated and death; instead placing taxpayer money on the causes of these issues in order to deter the consequences all together.
In Texas, the average cost of sending a student to school for one academic year is approximately $7,246 while sending a child to jail for that same one year is $67,890. The current statistics of children ending up in a correctional facility are: a black boy 1:3, a latino boy 1:6, a white boy 1:17 and a black girl 1:17, a latino girl 1:45 and a white girl 1:111. In this astonishing breakdown
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The second part of the pyramid consists of families. Families can help the cause by simply spending quality time with their very own family. They can join the PTA, attend school activities, always praise your child's successes, tutor, become a foster parent, actively talk and listen to your children, and most importantly show affection, love and respect everyday.
Everyone knows the old saying, "It takes a village to raise a child", well communities makes the third part of the pyramid. Communities can promote after-school programs, community members should attend public meetings, form support groups for single parents, provide job opportunities, create scholarships, setup clothes and food drives, and startup counseling programs. The fourth portion of this concept revolves around organizations. Being that organizations can range from small to big, those that can afford it can invest in prevention and intervention, host health fairs, provide free tax filling, educate on conflict resolution, encourage other options rather than incarceration like community service, ensure that counseling and social services are provide to youths in need, and re-invest in parks, schools, and roads. The final part of the pyramid is made up of government agencies. The government can help by putting all officials up-to-date on this current issue, provide all children with the…