Did you know that youth of color, LGBTQ students, and students with disabilities are punished more often and more harshly than their other peers for the same behavior? Today’s infographic from the Advancement Project shows how minority youth and those with arguably the most obstacles in life are most often caught in the school-to-prison pipeline.
The National Human Services Assembly and its members, specifically those in NHSA’s National Collaboration for Youth, continuously work to ensure that all children and youth have the opportunity to flourish at home, in school, and in the community through supportive disciplinary policies. Specifically, this means reauthorizing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) to keep children and youth who have committed no crime–such as youth who run away from home or who are chronically absent from school–out of secure detention and correctional facilities, and to keep juveniles out of adult jails, lock-ups, and other forms of inappropriate detention. Learn more about the JJDPA from SparkAction and what you can do to support efforts to reauthorize this vital piece of legislation.