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School to Prison Pipeline

Schools Turn Increasingly to Law Enforcement for Routine Infractions, Fueling the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

Cynthia Tucker Haynes writes at The Seventy Four about how schools have been turning to law enforcement for minor infractions, leading to criminal records for what most would consider typical teenage defiance. The result: A school to prison to pipeline that is major cause for alarm.
That criminalization of children’s misconduct helps to explain such episodes as the handcuffing of a four-year-old pre-kindergarten student at a Virginia school last year and the use of a Taser on a Virginia middle-school student earlier this year.

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