FIGHTING TO END THE SCHOOL – TO – PRISON PIPELINE (STPP)!
Urban Youth Justice is Fighting to Dismantle and Abolish the School to Prison Pipeline by Ending the Disproportionate School Pushout and Criminalization of Youth of Color from Harsh School Discipline and Denial of Equal Educational Opportunity!
The School-to-Prison Pipeline (STPP) summarizes the combined effect of school and juvenile justice systems, policies, and practices that push students out of school and into the criminal justice system.
Zero tolerance school discipline results in harsh punishment for often minor (non-violent) student infractions that disproportionately subjects certain students of color to exclusionary discipline(out-of-school suspensions/expulsions) and referrals to the criminal justice system.
It is consistent across all jurisdictions with significant measurable data that African-American youth, particularly Black males, are most at-risk for STPP disproportionality, at all juvenile justice contact points. Latino males, Native American youth, and non-white immigrant youth all have higher risk for juvenile justice disproportionality.
some UYJ Resources related to School-to-Prison Pipeline issues: