Youth Advocacy Foundation

What Is the School-to-Prison Pipeline?

What Is the School-to-Prison Pipeline (SPP)?



The SPP, defined


The SPP, locally

A national trend (happening locally) where children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal legal systems.



In Massachusetts, despite having top notch public schools, only some students benefit.

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The Causes


We Are Failing Kids


Two out of three children who cannot read proficiently by the end of fourth grade, will end up in jail or on welfare.

-85% of all juveniles involved with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.

-75% of children in foster care are behind at least one grade level.

-Children in foster care are twice as likely as peers to drop out of school.