School-to-Prison Pipeline

One thing we will not have time to address in class that is a growing part of the mass incarceration system Michelle Alexander describes is the increasing criminalization of youth “acting out” in school.  If you have never witnessed in your own school what is described in the following videos, this information can be as shocking as many of the statistics we learn about in The New Jim Crow.   Take note of the “restorative justice” policy that has been enacted in Colorado where the school system is trying something different in response to what is typically described as disruptive behavior or “acting out.”

What is the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Fining Low-Income Families for Behavioral Problems (much like the debts and fees those in the criminal justice system amass)

Colorado & Restorative Justice Project

20/20 on Zero Tolerance