Can Cities End the School-to-Prison Pipeline? Relentless Organizers Are Tallying Wins

More than two decades have passed since Ardell Shaw was imprisoned in a King County juvenile detention facility. But the memories of the musty air, the harsh winter cold, and the sludge in the facility’s basement are ever present—as is the memory of the isolation, the feeling that detention staff cared more about “caging” him than addressing the internal turmoil that had brought him there.

The whole time I was in juvenile, no one ever asked me what the problem was or why I was so angry,” Shaw says. “They never got down to the issue of why I was committing crimes.”

Shaw is all too familiar with the “school-to-prison pipeline,” shorthand for the way that policies tend to propel youth of color from the halls of education to the cells of incarceration. That’s why he’s dedicated much of his life to destroying it.

Read the whole article featuring grantee New Jim Crow Movement over at YES! Magazine.

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