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Story Publication logo February 20, 2014

The Toll of Zero-Tolerance Discipline

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Young black and Latino men are being churned out of classrooms and into the criminal justice system at an astounding rate. Despite modest gains in high school graduation rates, far too often young men of color become fodder for the so-called school-to-prison pipeline, a euphemism for institutional criminalization that for decades has filled prison cells disproportionately with youthful black and brown faces. Across the country, poor, minority and special needs boys especially face the wrath of so-called zero-tolerance school discipline policies that subject them to suspensions, expulsions and arrest at a disproportionate rate for committing similar infractions as their white counterparts.

To read the full article, written by Elissa Curtis and Trymaine Lee, click here.


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