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Cradle to Prison Pipeline

I Am My Brother's Keeper: Why We Must Change the Code

William Lynch III | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
William Lynch III

A cornerstone of the school-to-prison pipeline has been overly punitive school discipline codes, with disciplinary action applied disproportionately to people of color.

Steps Forward on School Discipline

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is used as an opportunity to teach children about his legacy. But in too many of those same schools, Black and other nonwhite children's extraordinary talents are still being wasted.

Celebrating Forty Years for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On September 30th friends and supporters of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) will gather at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to celebrate CDF's 40th anniversary and honor our best known alum, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Education Under Arrest: Taking America Out of Its Comfort Zone

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.25.2013 | Media
Tavis Smiley

Schools have literally become gateways to prison, instead of gateways to learning. When we wrapped filming, I kept thinking to myself, "There has to be a better way." Thankfully, there is.

Task Force to Host Historic Restorative Justice Conference at Harvard Law School

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 12.26.2012 | Education
Pierre R. Berastaín

The initiative comes at a particularly important time given the alarming statistics that reflect the inefficiency of the criminal justice system, mainstream domestic violence and sexual violence programs, and the inimical zero tolerance policies implemented in school districts nation-wide.

The Racial Divide: Will It Widen Or Close?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

We are once again at a critical turning point for our children and nation. Despite all the harsh lessons of the past and all the lofty rhetoric about who we want and need to be as a 21st century multicultural nation in a multiracial and multicultural world, we’re heading in the wrong direction.

Ending the Cradle to Prison PipelineTM and Mass Incarceration -- the New American Jim Crow

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A black boy born in 2001 has a one in three chance of going to prison in his lifetime and a Latino boy a one in six chance of the same fate. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world: 7.1 million adult residents -- one in 33 -- are under some form of correctional supervision including prison, jail, probation, or parole. Michelle Alexander writes in her bestselling book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness that there are more adult African Americans under correctional control today than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. In 2011, our state and federal prison population exceeded that of the top 35 European nations combined. Something's very wrong with this picture.

See Something, Say Something

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On June 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama banned mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for juveniles. This is a major victory for children and for America and a giant step forward for justice for children. Until this week, America was the only country in the world to routinely condemn children as young as 13 and 14 to die in prison. Now about two thousand people who were sentenced to die in prison as juveniles have hope for a new hearing and a new sentence. While it is disappointing that the Court did not ban the practice outright, we must keep working toward justice for children and end the devastating Cradle to Prison Pipeline crisis that leads to marginalized lives, imprisonment, and premature death.

Real Family Values: 9 Ways to Support Families in Hard Times

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

For years, the Right dominated the dialogue on "family values." But what does it really mean to support families, especially in a time of economic har...

Expanding the Promise: Will the Cradle-to-Career Model Overtake the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline?

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Let us take this weekend to remind our houses of worship -- to remind America -- that the itinerary of impoverishment and incarceration is not the last word for our children.

Children Drop Out and Into Lives of Poverty and Imprisonment

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Youths who drop out of school represent a colossal loss to our communities and nation. The dropout crisis is too costly to our children, communities, and nation to let it persist.

Jasmine Lynn: No Hiding Place from Gun Violence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

In a culture where guns are far too easily available, a simple argument changed multiple lives forever.

New York's Juvenile Prisons Are a Crime

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David A. Love

If you can judge a society by the way it treats its children, then New York fails in a big way. In fact, the Empire State should be found guilty of child abuse and neglect.

Santa Clara County Probation Program's Alternative to Warehousing Youths

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The programs cognitive therapeutic approach directs young people to confront the choices they've made and develop empathy for their victims.

A Look at Race, Incarceration, and American Values

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The current incarceration crisis is creating a cycle too many children and youths are finding difficult to escape and that is ravaging black families and communities.

The Growing Problem of Over-Policing Our Schools

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marian Wright Edelman

The over-policing of public schools -- is one more threat to our nation's children at risk of entering the pipeline to prison.

National Cradle to Prison Pipeline® Summit This Week

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marian Wright Edelman

The disparity in spending on youth incarceration compared to spending for education reveals how perverse the California's priorities have become.

Sentencing Children to Die in Prison

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The EJI study found 73 cases in the United States where 13- and 14-year-olds have been sentenced to life without parole -- in other words, sentenced to die in prison.