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Students with Learning and Behavioral Disabilities and the School-to-Prison Pipeline: How We Got Here, and What We Might Do about It

Special Education Past, Present, and Future: Perspectives from the Field

ISBN: 978-1-78350-835-8

ISSN: 0735-004X

Publication date: 26 August 2014

Abstract

The school-to-prison pipeline is a term used to describe the pathway traveled by students from public schools to incarceration in secure juvenile detention and correctional programs. It begins with students who are marginalized by the education system because of their academic and behavioral issues. The pipeline leads from school failure and disciplinary exclusion to involvement with the juvenile justice system. Youth who are ethnic minorities (especially those who are African-American or Hispanic) as well as those with educational disabilities (especially those with learning and behavioral disorders) are significantly overrepresented in data sets representing key points along the pipeline (e.g., students with poor academic achievement, high rates of suspension, expulsion, and dropout) as well as their high rates of incarceration. From his personal perspective and experience with the juvenile justice system, the author attempts to explicate the pipeline, and to describe efforts to impact it positively.

Citation

Nelson, C.M. (2014), "Students with Learning and Behavioral Disabilities and the School-to-Prison Pipeline: How We Got Here, and What We Might Do about It", Special Education Past, Present, and Future: Perspectives from the Field (Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities, Vol. 27), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 89-115. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0735-004X20140000027007

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