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From Education to Incarceration

Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Second Edition


Edited By Anthony J. Nocella II, Priya Parmar and David Stovall

The school-to-prison pipeline is a national concern, from the federal to local governments, and a leading topic in conversations in the field of urban education and juvenile justice. From Education to Incarceration: Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline is a ground-breaking book that exposes the school system's direct relationship to the juvenile justice system. The book reveals various tenets contributing to unnecessary expulsions, leaving youth vulnerable to the streets and, ultimately, behind bars. From Education to Incarceration is a must-read for parents, teachers, law enforcement, judges, lawyers, administrators, and activists concerned with and involved in the juvenile justice and school system. The contributors are leading scholars in their fields and experts on the school-to-prison pipeline.
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Chapter Eleven: Prisons of Ignorance


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With very few exceptions, few in the world of academia really know anything about the world of prison.

They may know surface, they may know statistics, but below exists another world, where America’s Untermenschen dwell in a hell that is, more often than not, beyond their experience, and thus beyond their ken.

Beyond the brick and steel and narrow-mindedness that masquerade as the so-called correctional system (where no one is, alas, corrected), there is the world outside, which I shall refer to as the feeder system, that ensures the continuing human seepage that populates prisons.

Let me try to illustrate something, albeit with what some may term anecdotal evidence.

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