From both a societal and institutional level, the school-to-prison pipeline continues to be an issue confronting historically marginalized youth. The harsh realities of discrimination and the lack of funding supporting equal education opportunities are directly connected to the perpetuation of stigmatization and overrepresentation in the criminal justice system. By evaluating the pipeline from both a structural and experiential level, it is possible to identify key target areas for future policy changes and theoretical evaluations. Looking at the current structures underpinned by social and legal systems, countless voices have argued that a shift must occur, and it must be sweeping in nature. If future generations of youth have any hope of escaping the subjugations currently embedded in the pipeline, greater attention must be given toward implementing rehabilitative justice instead of retributive measures and the ingrained trends of discrimination must be addressed.
"The Pipeline: A Dangerous Education,"
Race and Pedagogy Journal: Teaching and Learning for Justice: Vol. 1
, Article 3.
Available at: http://soundideas.pugetsound.edu/rpj/vol1/iss2/3