More on the “School to Prison Pipeline”

There is a new publicly accessible download here, by Thalia Gonzalez at Occidental College. It’s extensively researched and annotated, with lots of data and links to data sources. The principle thesis of the paper is this:

Over the last two decades, youth crime has steadily declined. However, public school districts 
have approached discipline through increasingly punitive policies.  Schools have imposed 
harsher sanctions on students for minor disruptive behavior, such as tardiness, absences, 
noncompliance and disrespect, resulting in a systematic and pervasive pushing out of students 
from schools and into the school-to-prison pipeline.

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