Students of Mass Incarceration Nation

In an article in the Howard Law Journal, Katayoon Majd, Public Welfare Foundation Program Officer for Youth Justice, examines the impact of America’s mass incarceration policies on students, particularly students of color. She discusses the increasing criminalization of youth behavior and she argues that the current symbiotic relationship between the criminal justice system and the education system allows students to be funneled into prison as minor offenses on school grounds escalate into harsh criminal punishments. With current crime rates down and many states facing budget crunches, Ms. Majd suggests that this is an ideal time to address the issues of mass incarceration, student misbehavior and racial bias.  

You can read her report in the Howard Law Journal here.

The full Howard Law Journal (Volume 54; issue 2) can be found here.


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