The Criminalization of School Rules and the School to Prison Pipeline

Production Date: October 19, 2015 Practice Areas: Criminal Law, Education Law, and Public Interest Law Estimated Length: 5458 minutes


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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 

Raymond K.
Bedford, NY

The revelation of the statistics on discrimination was especially useful

Thomas B.
Los Angeles, CA

Very clear and concise.

Chris R.
Las Vegas, NV

Highlights true problems in the educational system.

Michelle H.
Virginia Beach, VA

Thank you.

Elyssa L.
Boca Raton, FL

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

Sandra S.
Buffalo Grove, IL

Excellent presentation on an important topic!

Mary W.
Fairfield, CT

This course was really good!

Stephen M.
Tyler, TX

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

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Phoenix, AZ

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Cedar Park, TX

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

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Denver, CO

Well done!

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Jackson Heights, NY

Very informative and staff very knowledgeable.

Angela H.
Reidsville, NC

I learned a lot.

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Reston, VA

Really enjoyed this. Great job by the instructor. Also, the technology has improved greatly since the last time I took Lawline courses.

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Bloomington, IL

Interesting and complex issues; well presented.

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Stevenville, AL

enjoyed this one! The slides/handouts made it easy to follow! Thanks

Sheila M.
Champaign, IL

Well done!

Jacqueline J.
Short Hills, NJ

highly recommend; learned a lot!

Virginia J.
Kenilworth, IL

This is a critically important area of the law and I am delighted to see it addressed in so thorough a manner.

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Syracuse, NY

The presenter was both knowledgeable and caring.

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Framingham, MA

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New York, NY

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Brookfield, CT

application of federal mandates was good

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Winston-Salem, NC

great offensive/proactive approach

Tenika H.
Durham, NC

Greatly needed info.

Arati T.
Arlington, VA

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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McHenry, IL

Excellent speaker. Very informative course.

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Sammamish, WA

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sosi v.
Fresno, CA

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La Jolla, CA

very good

Richard S.
Buffalo, NY

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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Maple Valley, WA

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Tukwila, WA

Introduced me to an area of law I knew nothing about. Very interesting!

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Sea Cliff, NY

Excellent instructor. Great knowledge of topic.

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Rochester, NY


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Auburn, NY

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Houston, TX

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Atlanta, GA

Very good time for this subject...

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Westport, CT

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Robert W.
Arlington, VA

So much information clearly and effectively presented in this presentation. Excellent concise responses to questions that arose from the audience. Outstanding organization and presentation!

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Charlotte, NC

One of the best CLEs I've experienced on Lawline so far.

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Chesterfield, MO

Highly informative with supplemental resources that will be very useful

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Burke, VA

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Hamilton, VA

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Highlands, NC

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Bozeman, MT


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Hopewell, VA

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Alexandria, VA

Excellent presentation