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b&b52 The School to Prison Pipeline | The PIC Series, Part 3

This whole prison industrial complex thing runs deep and starts early. While the anecdote that the prison industry uses 3rd grade standardized test results to predict how many prison beds it will need to build hasn’t been proven (mostly because it sounds like no one will fess up), factors like illiteracy, truancy, and suspensions are big indicators of whether or not a child will end up in prison.

Add to the mix the new high stakes testing models (don’t pass the test, don’t get a diploma), and we are setting up more kids for a “life of crime” than any other time in history. In the third part of our prison industrial complex series, we explore the very real connection between schools and prisons.