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Wed Dec 12, 2012, 06:51 PM

Durbin chairs first hearing on school to prison pipeline

Source: Daily Herald (suburban Chicago)

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin Wednesday chaired the first federal hearing looking at the relationship between schools and the criminal justice system. The hearing follows a recent change in Illinois law prompted by an attack on an Elgin teacher and subsequent Daily Herald investigation.

Since the 1990s, Durbin’s office noted, many students nationwide have been pushed out of the classroom and into the courts for relatively minor, nonviolent offenses. Concerns about school violence and a growing awareness of bullying led many schools to hire police and institute “zero-tolerance” policies which in turn have resulted in an increase in suspensions, expulsions, and in-school arrests

Durbin, a Springfield Democrat, questioned how exactly and why the culture of schools has changed so much over the years.

“Is there a difference in the relationship between schools and families and teachers?” Durbin asked. “Is there a difference in the threat to the safety and order in schools?”


Read more: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20121212/news/712129741/

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Reply Durbin chairs first hearing on school to prison pipeline (Original post)
Enrique Dec 2012 OP
Blue State Bandit Dec 2012 #1
McCamy Taylor Dec 2012 #8
Iggy Dec 2012 #2
Blue State Bandit Dec 2012 #3
Enrique Dec 2012 #5
Iggy Dec 2012 #9
Enrique Dec 2012 #11
mucifer Dec 2012 #6
Iggy Dec 2012 #10
IronicNews Dec 2012 #13
byeya Dec 2012 #4
sulphurdunn Dec 2012 #7
lonestarnot Dec 2012 #14
Trillo Dec 2012 #12


Response to Blue State Bandit (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 08:07 PM

8. Prison Corp was recruiting new clients! And only school kids who haveno rights can be targetted this

way. Wanna bet someone in the school administration got a kick back?

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 07:00 PM

2. Uhhhh.. With All Due Respect to the Senator

 

Yes, I get this is a problem-- but given the current ten or so MUCH larger, more crucial problems facing our nation, Sen. Durbin needs to prioritize much better-- unless of course he's looking for something to distract from the larger problems, because he has zero clue as to solving those problems.

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Response to Iggy (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 07:03 PM

3. ...and if his hearings lead to more bad press for GOP alies...

...that would be a good thing. Especially if some kids get their lives back.

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Response to Iggy (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 07:15 PM

5. this is a huge problem

there has not been nearly enough attention on it.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 08:59 PM

9. Sorry, I Disagree

 

This problem is nowhere near as huge as 23 million UNemployed, underemployed people in our nation.. 1.5% GDP growth per year.. our economy sucks.. and all the forecasts show it continuing to suck.

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Response to Iggy (Reply #9)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:32 PM

11. no question the economic emergency is a huge priority

but the school-to-prison pipeline is an outrageous injustice that cries out for attention at the highest levels. The Justice Department fortunately got involved, this Congressional action is needed and hopefully it will get a lot of media attention (not holding my breath)

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Response to Iggy (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 07:20 PM

6. I disagree. This is a huge issue. If young Barry Obama was living in Chicago

on the south or west side and got caught by the police doing his drugs (he admitted to doing cocaine and pot in Hawaii in his autobiography) his life would probably have been destroyed. It's not right to have a two tiered justice system and that is what we have in this country. Rich white kids can do lots of drugs and get off. Poor black and hispanic kids go to the "justice system".

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Response to mucifer (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 09:05 PM

10. This is too Funny

 

the President was recently asked about drug decriminalization-- not even legalization, mind you. he laughed out loud. Now, either he just doesn't care about young people of color getting busted for drugs, or he's wayyy more interested in his own political/financial future to finally advocate for the right thing.

because we have stupid, archaic drug laws.. a "war on drugs", people are getting busted. it's time for politicians like Durbin to do something about this rather large problem.

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Response to Iggy (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:50 AM

13. Yes! Or maybe he was high when they asked him?

Hahaha.
You know..the giggles....

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 07:05 PM

4. Corrections Corp and their demand for 90% occupancy is so wrong on so any levels.

 

As for Durban focusing on something the other poster doesn't feel needs a hearing, perhaps Durban's committee is somehow limited in the topics to investigate. Committee chairs are very jealous of their turf.

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 07:21 PM

7. For profit parasitism

should be removed from any and all essential public services. That we would even consider, let alone permit, for profit health care, utilities, roads, armed forces, schools, public servants or the privatization of public domains of any kind is insane and emblematic of the stunning corruption that passes for "free enterprise" in our Weimar plutocracy.

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Response to sulphurdunn (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:59 AM

14. What he said!

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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:44 AM

12. Article is very short on details

My unfortunately experience of schools in the 1960s and 1970s was the school was prison lite. May none of us ever incarnate in this prison ever again.

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