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  • The resources below provide a range of materials on issues related to the School to Prison Pipeline.

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    NYCLU Resources
    A Look at NYC School Safety
    Criminalizing the Classroom: The Over-Policing of New York City Schools
    Know Your Rights with Police in Schools Palm Card
    School to Prison Pipeline Fact Sheet
    School to Prison Pipeline Toolkit
    Take Action
    Trainings and Workshops
    Upcoming Events

    Actions of Today, Blueprints for Tomorrow: Youth Organizing to Transform Education
    Educational Video Center, 2004, 21 minutes
    This youth-produced documentary profiles the youth organizing work of Make the Road New York and Sistas and Brothas United on school reform.

    Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise
    Firelight Media, 2004, 1 hour
    This documentary depicts the ongoing inequities in U.S. public education. The film addresses the history of the Brown case, inequitable education funding, de facto segregation and high-stakes testing. This film includes the often quoted reference made by a Florida prison official about using fourth grade reading test scores to determine the number of prison beds needed in future years.

    Blind Justice
    Educational Video Center, 24 minutes
    This documentary addresses the prison industrial complex. It looks at the explosion in the prison population, rehabilitation, and prison privatization through interviews with former prisoners, lawyers, and prison rights advocates.

    Book ‘Em: Undereducated, Overincarcerated
    Youth Rights Media, 2006, 10 minutes
    This extremely powerful youth produced documentary details the workings of the School to Prison Pipeline in New Haven, Conn.

    Books Not Bars
    Witness, The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the Rights Now campaign of Columbia University’s Human Rights Institute, 2001, 22 minutes
    This documentary studies the School to Prison Pipeline from the perspective of the California youth prison system and the prison industrial complex. The DVD comes with a set of six detailed lesson plans on incarceration rates, corrections funding, racial inequities in juvenile justice and alternatives to incarceration.

    Juvenile Asylum
    Global Action Project, 2004, 10 minutes
    This youth-produced film examines youth rights when confronting police on school grounds.

    Global Action Project, 2004, 11 minutes
    This youth-produced documentary addresses how youth unemployment andthe juvenile justice system in New York City contribute to the School to Prison Pipeline.

    Tough on Crime, Tough on Our Kind
    Educational Video Center, 2000, 30 minutes
    This youth produced documentary examines inequities in the juvenile justice system. The film highlights the underlying causes of youth crime and resources that would address the problem. The film is based on personal stories from incarcerated youth and interviews with lawyers, community activists and social workers.

    Unequal Education: Failing Our Children
    Educational Video Center, 1993, 21 minutes
    This documentary details educational disparities by following a year in the lives of two Bronx seventh graders who attend schools with vastly different resources.

    And Justice for Some
    Building Blocks for Youth, 2000
    This report details the overrepresentation of blacks and Latinos in the juvenile prison system. The report examines racial disparities in arrests, court processing and detention.

    Are Zero Tolerance Policies Effective in the Schools?
    An Evidentiary Review and Recommendations
    The American Psychological Association Zero
    Tolerance Task Force
    This dense report by the APA finds that zero tolerance policies have been ineffective in reducing violence in schools, increased disciplinary problems and drop out rates in middle schools and high schools, and led to an over-representation of students of color in school discipline processes. The report also finds that zero tolerance policies have increased the number of referrals to the juvenile justice system for minor infractions that were once handled by educators in the schools, feeding the School to Prison Pipeline. The report concludes with recommendations for alternatives to zero tolerance policies.

    Criminalizing the Classroom:
    The Over-Policing of New York City Schools
    The New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union, 2007
    This report details the over-policing of New York City public schools. The report addresses the Impact Schools initiative, zero tolerance policies, police presence in schools and racial disparities.

    Education on Lockdown:
    The Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track
    The Advancement Project, March 2005
    This report on the School to Prison Pipeline includes a discussion of the history and current practices of zero tolerance and in-depth case studies of three school districts: Denver, Colo., Chicago, Ill., and Palm Beach County, Fla.

    Deprived of Dignity:
    Degrading Treatment and Abusive Discipline in New York City and Los Angeles Public Schools
    National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, 2007
    This report examines degrading treatment and abusive discipline in New York City and Los Angeles public schools. The report is based on interviews and focus groups as well as analysis of existing data and previous studies.

    Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline
    NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, 2006
    This brief report outlines the disproportionate impact of the School to Prison Pipeline on low-income students of color. The report addresses the over-reliance on suspensions, under-resourced schools and racial disparities. It offers alternatives to zero tolerance policies.

    Harmful Drug Law Hits Home: How Many College Students in Each State Lost Financial Aid Due to Drug Convictions?
    Students for Sensible Drug Policy
    Report released by the national student organization Students for Sensible Drug Policy. The first-of-its-kind report details the results of the group's Freedom of Information Act request to determine the state-by-state impact of the aid elimination penalty of the Higher Education Act, which denies financial aid to students convicted of a drug offense. The ACLU is challenging the penalty in federal court.

    Opportunities Suspended: The Devastating Consequences of Zero Tolerance and School Discipline
    The Advancement Project, 2000
    This report provides a detailed analysis of the consequences of zero tolerance policies on students. The report looks at the psychological and educational effects of zero tolerance and provides several case studies of schools operating under zero tolerance.

    Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity
    Ann Arnett Ferguson, 2001
    This book provides a detailed look into the criminalization of young black males in public schools. The book details the school experiences of a group of eleven-and-twelve-year-old boys based on three years of participant observation research. See especially Chapter 4: Naughty By Nature.

    Teaching Resources
    Building Blocks For Youth
    This website includes reports, fact sheets, resource lists, and state specific statistics and information on juvenile justice issues including over-representation of youth of color in juvenile corrections facilities, zero tolerance policies and the privatization of juvenile corrections.

    Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago
    This website includes lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school students. The site includes four lessons for high school students on the disproportionate involvement of people of color in the justice system. These lessons cover inequities in federal drug sentencing laws, juvenile justice, court outcomes and racial profiling. Each lesson provides background information on the issue, discussion questions and a classroom activity, such as a debate or role play.

    Conversations About the Constitution
    American Bar Association Division for Public Education
    The Conversations on the Constitution website offers classroom aides, conversation topics, program planning ideas, quizzes, and additional resources to help explain constitutional concepts and clauses. Includes, for example, interactive quiz on Fourth Amendment rights of students.

    Dialogue on Youth and Justice
    American Bar Association Division for Public Education
    Fifth installment of the ABA Dialogue program, which provides lawyers and judges with the resources they need to engage high school students and community groups in discussion of fundamental American legal principles and legal traditions. This installment includes sections on: history of juvenile justice in the United States, whether juveniles should be tried as adults, and the constitutional rights of students outside the juvenile justice system, with a particular focus on student rights in a school setting. Each section includes brief descriptions of leading case law as well as discussion questions.

    Homicide: Life On the Street -- Lessons In Law
    These six high school lesson plans incorporate clips from the series Homicide: Life on the Street to address bullying in school, being an eyewitness to a crime, due process, police accountability, use of deadly force, and the juvenile and adult court systems.

    PBS Beyond Brown
    This website provides middle and high school lesson plans, online interactive tools, documents and resources to accompany Firelight Media’s documentary film, Beyond Brown, on the legacy of segregation in U.S. public education. The two high school lesson plans cover the impact of ongoing de facto segregation and the repercussions of the federal No Child Left Behind law’s emphasis on high-stakes testing.

    PBS Frontline: Juvenile Justice
    This website deals mainly with the issue of sending juveniles to adult court. The site includes profiles of four young men, two of whom were tried in adult court and two in juvenile court. It includes interviews with lawyers and judges. In addition, the site includes facts and statistics on the juvenile justice system and a state-by-state breakdown on the minimum ages for transfer from juvenile to criminal court.

    Radical Math
    This website provides resources to help teachers integrate social and economic justice issues into their math lessons. Users can sort the resources by social justice issue. The criminal justice system, juvenile justice, and prison sections include lesson plans, articles, websites and raw data.

    The Storytelling Project
    This Barnard Education Program curriculum for middle and high school students addresses race and racism through storytelling and the arts. One lesson deals specifically with over-policing in schools. For a copy of the curriculum, email

    Street Law Lessons for Books Not Bars
    These six high school lesson plans accompany the Books Not Bars DVD. The interactive lesson plans cover incarceration rates, funding for incarceration, racial inequities in juvenile justice, alternatives to incarceration, human rights law and youth advocacy. The lessons involve discussion, data analysis, role playing, debates and mock trials. The plans include handouts, web resources and suggestions for involving community leaders.

    What’s Up With My Rights?
    Interactive CD-ROM focusing on eight seminal freedom of expression and search and seizure cases involving students.

    Teach Us, Don’t Cuff Us: Juvenile (In)Justice in NYC, Prison Moratorium Project

    The School to Prison Pipeline, NYCLU

    Know Your Rights with Police in Schools, NYCLU

    Youth Camera Action Partners
    Cypress Hill Local Development Corporation

    Make the Road New York

    Mothers on the Move

    Urban Youth Collaborative

    Advocacy Organizations
    ACLU’s Racial Justice Project

    The Advancement Project

    Advocates for Children

    The Correctional Association of New York

    The Legal Aid Society of New York

    Legal Services of New York City

    Make the Road New York

    NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

    National Education and Social Rights Initiative’s

    New York Collective of Radical Educators

    Prison Moratorium Project

    Teachers Unite

    The Urban Youth Collaborative

    Community Organizations
    Make the Road New York

    Mothers on the Move

    New York Collective of Radical Educators

    Prison Moratorium Project

    Urban Youth Collaborative

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