Advancement Project Takes School-to-Prison Pipeline Issue to Senate

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Other witnesses include former Chicago Public School student Edward Ward, the Honorable Judge Steven Teske of the Clayton County Juvenile Court, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the Honorable Deborah Delisle, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, Melodee Hanes, Acting Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency and Andrew Coulson from the Cato Institute.

In addition to these speakers, youth representing a number of Advancement Project partner organizations, including Miami-based Power U Center for Social Change, Voices for Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), and Youth United for Change (YUC) in Philadelphia, will add written accounts of their experiences in high-security schools with extreme discipline policies to the record.

The congressional hearing comes less than two months after the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Meridian, Mississippi officials for systematically incarcerating African-American children. Federal investigators found that Meridian students were criminalized – handcuffed and arrested, and locked up for days at a time without a probable cause hearing – for violations such as wearing the wrong color socks, tardiness, using vulgar language and going to the bathroom without permission.

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