School-to-Jail: Is Our System of Justice Working?

Killeen, Bell County, Juvenile Attorney: School-to-Prison

Texas appears to be ready to slow down the school-to-prison pipeline where kids are removed from school into the juvenile justice system. In recent years more and more states have moved to criminalize student misbehavior due to zero-tolerance policies and inadequate resources in public schools.

“Overcrowded classrooms, a lack of qualified teachers, and insufficient funding for extras such as counselors, special education services, and even textbooks, lock students into second-rate educational environments. This failure to meet educational needs increases disengagement and dropouts, increasing the risk of later court-involvement. Even worse, schools may actually encourage dropouts in response to pressures from test-based accountabilityregimes such as the No Child Left BehindAct, which create incentives to push outlow-performing students to boost overall test scores.” Read complete article at ACLU.

Is Your Child Facing School-to-Prison?


“In Texas, lawmakers are at the center of a national movement to reform the discipline system known as the school-to-prison pipeline. The cause has drawn bipartisan support with tales of citations issued for truancy, gum-chewing and possession of scissors. The proposed reforms focus on removing criminal sanctions for youthful behavior.

Among the 1,411 inmates in the custody of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, rates of diagnosed mental illness now exceed rates of gang membership, according to records obtained by The Associated Press through the state’s open records law. Nearly 1,100 cases involve substance abuse or dependence….More at Teen justice system under review –“


Killeen, Bell County, Juvenile Attorney: Proposed School-to-Prison Reform is Good Idea

 Sending students to juvenile detention for talking back to teachers, chewing gum in class and other minor infractions is dumb.  And with the majority of these students suffering from learning and behaviorial disabilities, the state action is even more disturbing than that of criminalizing children.

Wikipedia definition 

“The school-to-prison pipeline is the widespread pattern in the United States of pushing students, especially those who are already at a disadvantage, out of school and into the criminal justice system. This pipeline is the result of public institutions neglecting to properly address students as individuals who might need extra educational or social assistance, or being unable to do so because of staffing shortages or statutory mandates.[1] The resulting miseducation and mass incarceration create a vicious circle for individuals and communities.[2]“


More Reading…

  • Teens facing threat charges – Steubenville Herald Star
  • In Texas, From a Chief Justice, Welcome Candor About Unequal Justice – The Atlantic
  • Secondary school was very prison like where as college is more like juvenile detention or community service. Not that I’d know cuz gud boy.


About F. Edward (Ed) Brown

Ed Brown writes regularly about trending topics in several areas involving criminal law, games and whatever else he fines interesting.

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2 thoughts on “School-to-Jail: Is Our System of Justice Working?

  1. My son is a victim of the education system and now juvenile detention.. He is now facing being detained in the environment that has caused so much stress & depression in this one happy child.. Be it my mistake for slowing this to get this far he needs to b shown the tools he needs to deal w bullying ,his peers,and his anger- I have no issues of violence w my son at home he is very respectful and follows rules and iz very close to his bother, sister, dad.. I am guilty of protecting him and not allowing him to deal w these issues as a individual.. But I know my child placing him in a long term detention or boot camp will only b traumatizing to him he needs family & counseling please help me I don’t know what to do

  2. I am not saying his actions are correct or justified I know he needs to correct the way he reacts but he is a child and has never been away from home this is very hard for him to deal with i know my son and this will only hurt him if he his taken to a boot camp or is left in the detention center….. The prosecutor and judge only c what is on paper and I will never forgive myself for not leaving a paper trail of all the times my child was a victim at school.. They do not see that if my child did not attend public school he would’ve never been put in this situation b it at his or my own doing he is a child and needs to be shown other ways to deal with his issues at school … He is not a threat to himself or others he does not get angry and just goes out & assaults his peers all incidents have occurred in school not at home or elsewhere I am helpless and have made many mistakes for this my child is paying for with his future and life… I will forever have regrets- but I will fight for him Alwayz — I love u my son – my heart – my life

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