School-to-Prison Pipeline, and Maryland Legislative Reform Efforts, Will Be Discussed in April 14 UB Law in Focus Webinar

The school-to-prison pipeline occurs when school systems turn over the discipline of their own students to law enforcement, often through the use of school resource officers stationed at schools. While the nation is debating police reform in our communities, what is happening in our schools?

This will be topic of an April 14 UB Law in Focus webinar, part of a continuing series looking at current events through a legal lens. The panel consists of Cara McClellan, assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Monisha Cherayil, staff attorney at Baltimore’s Public Justice Center; Michele Hall, attorney in the Office of the Public Defender of Maryland; and UB Law Prof. Odeana Neal, who teaches juvenile justice. Assistant Dean Alyssa Fieo will moderate the discussion.

Associate Dean Alyssa Fieo
Assistant Dean Alyssa Fieo

The pandemic has perhaps put a pause on referrals to the juvenile justice system due to school-based incidents, but with the return to in-person instruction, students of color and students with disabilities could continue to be at risk for being disproportionality forced out of school and into the criminal justice system.

The panel will discuss the long history of police in schools, the detrimental impact of the school-to-prison pipeline on students, particularly on students of color and students with disabilities, and on the broader community. It will explore alternatives to make school environments safer and more engaging for all young people.

The Maryland legislature is considering two bills that will significantly impact this issue by taking police out of schools and redistributing millions of dollars currently funding law enforcement to fund mental health services and evidenced-based practices.

The outcome of the proposed legislation will be discussed during the webinar. Register here.

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