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Story from the field: Mississippi high school sending children to jail for ‘disorderly conduct’


Story from the field: Mississippi high school sending children to jail for ‘disorderly conduct’

Lydia Wright

April 19, 2016

I was standing in the intake room at the juvenile detention center in Jackson, Mississippi, where two high school students had just been brought in from the small town of Terry, a few miles south of here.

One of the officers looked at me and pointed to the teens. “You gotta do something about this,” he said. “It’s Terry High School.”…

We’ve seen the same phenomenon in other Mississippi towns and across the Deep South, where school officials have come to rely on police and the criminal justice system to handle routine disciplinary matters. The consequences can be devastating for children who are pushed into this “school-to-prison pipeline,” because arrests increase the odds of school dropout and adult incarceration. And, as the U.S. Department of Justice has noted, students of color and those with disabilities are disproportionately affected by this kind of harsh discipline. At Terry High School, black children make up more than 80 percent of the student body. …

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READ MORE PLEASE:

https://www.splcenter.org/news/2016/04/19/story-field-mississippi-high-school-sending-children-jail-%E2%80%98disorderly-conduct%E2%80%99

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2 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Children in Prison WHY THEY ARE THERE?.

    April 22, 2016 at 9:28 am

  2. Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

    April 22, 2016 at 9:55 am

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