Pros And Cons Of School To Prison Pipeline

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School-to-Prison Pipeline In March of 2013 7-year-old Anne Arundel was suspended for biting a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun and then making shooting noises (Chasmar). Arundel was suspended for two days for threatening other students (Chasmar). This is only the beginning of a pipeline that is leading children into prison. The School-to-Prison Pipeline has made it to where students, mainly black and hispanic, are being punished harshly and punished by being expelled or sent to juvenile detention centers which eventually lead to prison. Most researchers believe that this all start with the introducement of “zero-tolerance policies” that happened at the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School (Amurao). Zero-tolerance policies are when students get severe punishment no matter the circumstance (school-to-prison). This has results in kids getting suspended or even expelled for disrupting class or bringing in nail clippers to school (school-to-prison). Also, the amount of arrests that happen to students have increased by nearly one third from 1997-2007 (Nelson and Lind). This is because of police officers or School Resource Officers (SROs) that have been introduced into the schools. Some argue that the SRO are not trained to deal with children in the sense that the only training they get is a 40 hour class and they have to have two years or less experience in a classroom (Basic SRO). So, why is this such a big problem? With the rate of suspensions and expulsions going up this can lead to students falling behind in their course work and being left unsupervised (school-to-prison). Without the steady routine of going to school and doing homework students can get in trouble with the law outside of school and end up in a Juvenile detention facility or even dropping out of school (school-to-prison). Most juvenile detention facilities have little to no education services and the end up never graduating or getting a GED (school-to-prison). In Ohio almost 80% of children in the court don’t have lawyers, which makes their chance of ending up in a detention facility greater (school-to-prison). It’s even worse for blacks and hispanics. In 2007 a study done by the Advance Project states “that for every 100 students who were
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