SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE

What is the school to prison pipeline? And how is it affecting children across America?

On this episode of Justice in America, Josie and her co-host, Derecka Purnell, talk to Judith Browne Dianis, the executive director of the Advancement Project.

They’ll discuss the forms that the school to prison pipeline takes, and the effects it has on poor, black, and brown kids in particular.

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“People change. People age out of crime, especially violent crime. That’s a young man’s game. We can’t make this a binary-nonbinary, violent-nonviolent distinction,” Kevin Ring, president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, said at a recent question-and-answer session on Facebook Live.

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POLICY WONK: The History Of Large Scale Release

To protect the American public from COVID-19, schools have closed, non-essential stores have been shuttered, people with desk jobs have started working from home, and public gatherings have been prohibited.

But the criminal justice system continues to hum along as though nothing has changed: Most prisons and many jails have done very little to reduce the population density that puts both incarcerated people and staff at grave risk.

To justify their lack of action, DOC directors, governors, sheriffs, and district attorneys imply that saving the lives of people behind bars is not worth the inevitable public safety cost of releasing them. This talking point is as old as time.

It’s also out of step with history.

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