School-to-Prison PipelineAcross the country, school systems are shutting the doors of academic opportunity for students and funneling them, unnecessarily, into the juvenile and criminal justice system. The school to prison pipeline is a racial justice crisis: students pushed out of school are disproportionately students of color. Our Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track Project reduces the use of out-of-school suspensions and ends criminalization of students, while developing nurturing learning environments. We work at both the national level and on the ground with our community partners, including young people, to examine, expose and reform practices that lead to the criminalization of students. Our groundbreaking work in this area has led to significant change and supported the leadership development of students.
"The same police that are in schools are the same police shooting down unarmed people in the streets and deporting families."
In this heightened moment of political activity, young people are in need of an outlet to voice their concerns and feel empowered to impact what’s going on around them. The film, “The Hate U Give” makes an important point about what many young people of color experience, what they are witnessing and how to be politically engaged by it.
From our new report "We Came to Learn"
We Came to Learn report and action kit
Safety does not exist when Black & Brown young people are forced to interact with a system of policing that views them as a threat and not as students.
Historically, Advancement Project’s…
Research supports the use of mental health professionals like counselors, restorative justice programs, and other alternatives to police.
Demand real school safety measures beyond police and guns.
New National Data Confirms Racial Disparities in School Pushout
“School is supposed to be a safe environment, but how can we feel safe in a place that feels like prison?"
Research and the experiences…
Talking points for the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting