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Separate and unequal: The disparate impact of school-based referrals to juvenile court.

Cobb, Heather
June 4, 2015

Source: (2009) Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. 44:581-596.

Part II of this Response focuses on the ways in which punitive school
discipline policies-which include excessive security procedures and police
involvement-feed this school to prison pipeline, and the disparate impact
of these policies on African American youth. Turning to possible solutions,
Part III suggests that both (1) reducing the prison-like atmosphere of schools, and (2) utilizing the potential for community, judicial, and legislative
responses to establish procedural safeguards, can reduce the initial transfer
of an inordinate number of African American students to the juvenile
court system, while continuing to prioritize safety in the classroom. (excerpt)


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