Join the Coalition to Dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline in Massachusetts
The Cradle to Prison Pipeline is a national crisis that leaves a Black boy born in 2001 with a one in three chance of going to prison in his lifetime and a Latino boy a one in six risk of the same fate. The pipeline is fueled by racial disparities, pervasive poverty, trauma, inadequate health and mental health care, gaps in early childhood development, disparate educational opportunities, chronic abuse and neglect, and overburdened and ineffective juvenile justice systems.
COALITION GOALS AND PRINCIPLES
The Coalition to Dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline in Massachusetts is committed to replacing the Cradle to Prison Pipeline with a pipeline towards college and productive work.
The Coalition has three main goals:
1. To focus on zero tolerance school discipline policy as a key feeder system fueling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline in Massachusetts, and promote alternatives that create positive learning environments for all children.
2. To launch an education campaign to inform community leaders, parents and youth about the Cradle to Prison Pipeline, and name the overriding issues of racial disparities, poverty, trauma, and inequality that fuel the pipeline.
3. To dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline by mobilizing activists, advocates, parents, youth, lawyers, stakeholders and the larger community to take action against systems that feed our youth into the pipeline.