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The ACLU of Utah is committed to challenging the school-to-prison pipeline, a disturbing national and state trend wherein children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. “Zero-tolerance” policies criminalize minor infractions of school rules, while cops in schools lead to students being criminalized for behavior that should be handled inside the school. Students of color are especially over represented in push-out trends and the discriminatory application of discipline. We believe that children should be educated, not incarcerated.
We are working with our allies, Salt Lake Peer Court, Racially Just Utah, Teen Council, Planned Parenthood of Utah and Spyhop, to challenge numerous policies and practices within Utah’s public school systems and the juvenile justice system. Together, we are participating in a national week of action against school pushout, October 3 -11.
The coordinated social media campaign will call on Utah’s school districts to:
To learn more about the Week of Action and participate in the social media campaign, visit Dignity In School’s website. If you live in or near Salt Lake City, come to a community discussion about Utah’s school-to-prison pipeline on October 7, 5:30 - 8:00 pm, Law & Justice Center, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT
Find out how students are being criminalized and subjected to overly harsh punishment. What is the School to Prison Pipeline?
Salt Lake Tribune OP-ED: We should educate, not incarcerate, our young people (10/3/14)
The Public Policy Clinic at S.J. Quinney College of Law report “From Fingerpaint to Fingerprints: Utah's School-to-Prison Pipeline”