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Topics in Criminal Justice: School-to-Prison Pipeline

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the School-to-Prison Pipeline "refers to the school policies and procedures that drive many of our nation's schoolchildren into a pathway the begins in school and ends in the criminal justice system." Largely due to "zero tolerance" policies, 3.3 million students are suspended or expelled from schools each year. Such strict policies also more likely to impact marginalized groups than anyone else.

Research Assistance

When looking for articles, you might want to start with Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text and simply search "school to prison pipeline" for relevant results. You can use "school to prison pipeline" in ERIC as well.

Databases and Helpful Links

Books and eBooks Available at the University Libraries

  • Fasching-Varner, K.J. (Ed.). (2017). Understanding, dismantling, and disrupting the prison-to-school pipeline. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
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  • Heitzeg, N.A. (2016). The school-to-prison pipeline: Education, discipline, and racialized double standards. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
    University Library / LC212.52 .H45 2016
  • Nocella, A.J., Ducre, K.A., & Lupinacci, J. (Eds.). (2017). Addressing environmental and food justice toward dismantling the school to prison pipeline: Poisoning and imprisoning youth. New York, NY: Springer Nature.
    University Library /
  • Pane, D.M., & Rocco, T.S. (2014). Transforming the school-to-prison pipeline: Lessons from the classroom. Boston, MA: Sense Publishers.
    Online / LC4802 .P26 2014 WWW
  • Wadhwa, A. (2016). Restorative justice in urban schools: Disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. New York, NY: Routledge.
    University Library / LC5131 .W33 2016

Need Additional Assistance?

Help is available! Contact Cathy Dwyer, Subject Librarian for Criminal Justice, at (518) 442-3699 or - or drop by during Cathy's office hours on Mondays, 4-7pm.

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