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The Criminalization of School Rules and the School to Prison Pipeline

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Produced on October 19, 2015

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Course Information

Time 90 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

In the last 15 years, schools around the country began to criminalize normative child and adolescent behavior. Police and police-like security forces were increasingly used to maintain security in our schools. However, this enforcement practice, like law enforcement practices in the community, disproportionately affected students of color and students with special needs. Zero tolerance policies enabled the increased use of police response in schools. Countless numbers of students faced exclusionary practices that unnecessarily pushed them into a court system lacking resources to adequately respond to school environment issues. Students were exposed to criminal records and the accompanying collateral consequences for behavior that, in the past, had been addressed with a conference in the principal’s office or a call home.


Nancy Ginsburg, who oversees the adolescent practice focused on teens who are prosecuted in the adult court system for the Criminal Defense Practice of the Legal Aid Society in New York City, examines the history of the school to prison pipeline, the effects of criminalizing school behavior and the individual and systemic reforms that can be applied to remedy the harm created by this phenomenon.


Learning Objectives:

I.     Define the school to prison pipeline

II.    Explore an overview of the laws and practices supporting the school to prison pipeline

III.   Review the disproportionate effect of the pipeline on students of color and those with special needs

IV.   Recognize different reforms around the country

V.    Understand the reform guidance provided by the federal government

VI.   Identify mechanisms for individual and systemic reform 

Credit Information

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Nancy Ginsburg

Legal Aid Society

Nancy Ginsburg is the director of the Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Project in the Criminal Practice of the Legal Aid Society. The project represents adolescents citywide who are 13-15 years old and are charged with violent felonies prosecuted in Supreme Court and 16-18 year olds prosecuted in Criminal and Supreme Courts. The lawyers and social workers provide advocacy to obtain foster care, mental health and educational services. Ms. Ginsburg has been with the Legal Aid Society for over twenty years as an attorney in the Juvenile Rights and Criminal Practices. Ms. Ginsburg has represented thousands of children and adolescents in criminal, juvenile delinquency, child protective, foster care, and educational administrative proceedings. Ms. Ginsburg is responsible for supervising and training lawyers in the area of adolescent practice and educational advocacy throughout the five borough offices of the Criminal Practice of The Legal Aid Society. She was co-counsel in JG vs. Mills, a federal lawsuit addressing the school re-entry rights of court-involved youth. Ms. Ginsburg is responsible for legislative and policy issues concerning court-involved adolescents in the adult Criminal Court system. She testifies frequently before the New York City Council. She was a member of the New York City School Justice Partnership Task Force, the New York City Council Gun Violence Task Force and the Task Force on the Future of Probation in New York State. 


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Great presentation

Chanda G.

The faculty was extremely knowledgeable, and the course was well organized.

Raymond K.

The revelation of the statistics on discrimination was especially useful

Thomas B.

Very clear and concise.

R. Christopher R.

Highlights true problems in the educational system.

Michelle H.

Thank you.

Elyssa L.

This was a great, very thorough presentation on a really interesting subject. Thank you!

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Stephen M.

Good program. Some illustrative stories would liven it up a little more!

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this was my first course and I was impressed. Thank you

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highly recommend; learned a lot!

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application of federal mandates was good

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great offensive/proactive approach

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Arati T.

Thank you for bringing such diverse programs for CLE credit. Another area where we see racial disparities is in the context of the environment. It would be great to see a program on that emerging area of legal and science policy.

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Richard S.

This was most helpful. I recently completed ten years on the Board of a failed Charter School in 100% low income area. We failed in a struggle to keep children in the school, and maintain high enough scores to be re-chartered. Many of recommendations you

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Joseph W.

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A very knowledgeable presenter who handled live questions well.

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