The School-to-Prison Pipeline

  • Sanna King
  • Alicia Rusoja
  • Anthony A. Peguero


This chapter provides a broad overview of school-based criminalization of youth across the US educational institutions and in the process, explores explanations for the surging of what a growing body of scholarship defines as the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ (STPP). We show that the STPP metaphor refers to a harmful relationship between school-based criminalization of youth, disproportionately those of colour, and the likelihood that criminalized youth will come into contact with the US juvenile and/or criminal justice system. We present key explanations for, and implications of, this phenomenon, as well as possible directions for research on this issue that very clearly deters educational equity and equality in the United States as well as suggested how STPP may be occurring internationally.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanna King
    • 1
  • Alicia Rusoja
    • 2
  • Anthony A. Peguero
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Hawaiʻi, MānoaHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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