8 Years In Prison for a Harmless Prank? Handcuffed for Doodling? The Increasing Criminalization of Students
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Meanwhile, the Obama administration showed great interest in reforming the culture of zero-tolerance last month, when Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the launch of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative , a collaborative project between the Departments of Justice and Education that “will address the 'school-to-prison pipeline' and the disciplinary policies and practices that can push students out of school and into the justice system. The initiative aims to support good discipline practices to foster safe and productive learning environments in every classroom.”
While it remains to be seen whether or not the initiative will help dismantle the school-to-prison-pipeline, the ACLU believes it’s an important first step.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been corrected since its original publication for more accurate attribution to original sources.