View Full Version : The School-to-Prison pipeline in Mississippi

08-14-2012, 05:51 PM
You won't believe this.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The Department of Justice on Friday uncovered a so-called “School-to-Prison pipeline” in Mississippi, where teachers and principals are <span style='font-size: 14pt'>shipping off children into the criminal justice system for infractions as small as a dress code violation.

Schools in the city of Meridian, MS, have an established practice of sending students, particularly black and disabled students, to prison for minor disciplinary problems — in clear violation of the Constitution.</span> As ABC reports, that DOJ is claiming that the schools, which protect against “abuse of government authority in legal proceedings and fairness of due process rights,” are violating the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.

After months of investigation into claims of such a pipeline, the Justice Department released Friday a definitive letter revealing that the Meridian Police Department “automatically arrests all students referred to MPD by the District. The children arrested by MPD are then sent to the County juvenile justice system”:

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>“The system established by the City of Meridian, Lauderdale County, and DYS to incarcerate children for school suspensions ‘shocks the conscience,’ resulting in the incarceration of children for alleged ‘offenses’ such as dress code violations, flatulence, profanity, and disrespect.”</span> The Justice Department findings letter noted.[...]

<u>“The systematic disregard for children’s basic constitutional rights by agencies with a duty to protect and serve these children betrays the public trust,”</u> said Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division. “We hope to resolve the concerns outlined in our findings in a collaborative fashion, but we will not hesitate to take appropriate legal action if necessary.”

The school-to-prison pipeline isn’t a new occurrence; the American Civil Liberties Union has pursued other cases of students being funneled into the prison system. </div></div>

link (http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/08/13/681261/mississippi-schools-sending-kids-to-prison-for-misbehaving-in-the-classroom/)

The words that come to mind to describe this are Barbaric,Disgusting and Neanderthal.

I reported on this debtors prison (http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/07/13/516403/alabama-private-prison-debtors-prison/).
I also posted this U.S. Judges Admit to Jailing Children for Money (http://www.inquisitr.com/211740/u-s-judges-admit-to-jailing-children-for-money/)

Are we seeing a trend here?

Q ...

08-14-2012, 08:14 PM
Why neanderthal??????????????????????????????????????? ??

08-14-2012, 09:32 PM
Lock them up.

08-15-2012, 04:20 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LWW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Lock them up. </div></div>

Lock who up?


08-15-2012, 04:58 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: cushioncrawler</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Why neanderthal??????????????????????????????????????? ??
mac. </div></div>

Neanderthal=not so smart.


Gayle in MD
08-15-2012, 07:56 AM
More un-constitutional Repiglican prosecuted social engineering.

The falacy of Repiglican talking points, the government can't do anything right, yet all of the horrors are involved with private sector contracts.

The wide scale theft by war profiteering no bid contracting pigs that we saw going on in Iraq, has been going on right here at an excellerated rate since Reagan launched the Repiglican's fascist Shock Doctrine policies.


08-15-2012, 08:02 AM
LOL, you ask some dumb questions. Why not start with the administrators that are having the kids tossed in jail. Then move on to whomever else is involved in the decision and approval process.


08-15-2012, 08:16 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Qtec</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LWW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Lock them up. </div></div>

Lock who up?

Q </div></div>

Anyone guilty of the crimeyou allege.