America imprisons more people than any other country in the world. With just 5 percent of the world’s population, we incarcerate 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. In the 1970s US prions and jails held just 300,000 prisoners, but today, there are upwards of 2.3 million people locked away in federal and state prisons, with many more in military, juvenile, immigration, and civil commitment facilities. There are many factors that have contributed to the exploding rates of incarceration. One of them is the school-to-prison pipeline.
The school-to-prison pipeline is the phenomenon describing the effects of certain school policies that push kids out of school and towards the streets and the juvenile and criminal (in)justice system. These policies and practices may include zero tolerance, over zealous policing in schools, and the affects of implicit bias from teachers, administrators, parents, and the students themselves. These policies are compounded by other societal problems including poverty, unemployment, desperately underfunded schools, and housing which disproportionately impact poor students, students of color, and students with disabilities.
The Ohio Student Association is raising awareness about the problems produced by the school-to-prison pipeline and organizing to move our campuses and communities into action ending zero tolerance policies.
Want to learn more?
Contact an OSA leader near you:
- State Wide: Contact James Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-216-4548
- Cleveland: Contact Malaya Davis at email@example.com
- Cincinnati: Contact Megan Kreaps at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Columbus: Contact Aramis Sundiata at email@example.com
- Toledo: Contact Adekemi Ademuyewo at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Akron: Contact Asia Mcrae at email@example.com
- Kent: Joccy Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org