Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline


Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline

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This infographic was created by the Advancement Project.


Students are being suspended, expelled, shuffled off to disciplinary alternative schools, and even arrested for minor misbehaviour or trivial actions like being late or violating a dress code. Instead of a trip to a counsellor or a call home, students are being handcuffed and escorted from the schoolhouse to the jailhouse and courthouse. Metal detectors, armed guards, police, and barbed wire are common in our schools while libraries and counsellors’ offices are left empty.

Rather than having a common sense approach to discipline, too many schools are using overly harsh discipline policies and practices that are ineffective, unfair, and detrimental. Research shows that this zero tolerance approach does not work. It doesn’t make schools safer. Instead, this approach lowers educational outcomes, damages relationships within schools, and diverts funding from providing high-quality educational experiences. These systems of discipline and prison-like environments are not preparing young people for success; they are conditioning them for a life of incarceration. All students deserve better; they deserve safe, quality schools.

Advancement Project. (2013). Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Retrieved from

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