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Reconsidering the Alternatives: The Relationship Between Suspension, Disciplinary Alternative School Placement, Subsequent Juvenile Detention, and the Salience of Race

Due to the ever increasing numbers of young people and particularly African-American youth entering the juvenile justice system, the need for research that explores the relationship between schooling experiences and entry into the juvenile justice system is grave. The findings in this study illustrates the need for a shift in focus from the deficit thinking about individual children deemed “disruptive” to how school systems contribute across time to the school to prison pipeline and what school systems can do to prevent children from entering the pipeline.

Roundtable: The Perspectives of Youth Affected by Exclusionary School Discipline

This report summarizes a 2013 roundtable where 19 young people, ages 16 to 23, discussed the effects of exclusionary school justice on their own and peers' lives and school experiences. The participants brought up three major concerns: exclusionary justice limits opportunities to learn, is applied disproportionately and subjectively, and deprives students of the support services they need.

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