Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline Hearing Before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee next week

Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Hearing Before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the
Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights

Date: December 12, 2012

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226

Description: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Senate’s Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, will chair a hearing on the school-to-prison pipeline. Since the 1990’s, there has been a troubling increase in the number of young people sent to the juvenile delinquency system as a result of school discipline. Too many of these youth have been pushed out of the classroom and into the courts for relatively minor offenses. Once young people enter the criminal justice system, they are more likely to fail in school and commit new crimes. This “school-to-prison pipeline” also wastes scarce government resources on ineffective policies and has led to striking racial disparities. Over 70 percent of students referred to law enforcement from schools are African-American or Latino. The hearing will explore the problems with the pipeline as well as successful reforms and new initiatives to help end it.

Hearing Attendance: This hearing is open to the public. Please encourage advocates, students impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline, and interested members of the community to attend. A large audience filling both the hearing room and overflow room is critical to showing the importance of the issue and a significant level of public interest. For our planning purposes, please provide an estimate of the number of attendees from your organization by Friday, December 7, 2012.

Statements for the Record: Chairman Durbin invites advocates, students, educators, experts, and other stakeholders to submit written testimony to be included in the hearing record. These statements help educate Committee members about the issue and are very important to demonstrating community interest. Statements should be less than 10 pages, and should be emailed to Stephanie Trifone at Stephanie_Trifone@Judiciary-dem.Senate.gov as early as possible, but no later than Monday, December 10, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

Senator Dick Durbin is Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights. The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over all constitutional issues, and all legislation and policy related to civil rights, civil liberties and human rights. The Ranking Member of the Subcommittee is Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Additional information and witness list is available here.