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Children, Not Criminals: Rethinking School Discipline
Participants Cecilia Clarke, Fania Davis, Monique Morris, Ashley Ellis, Richelle Greenidge, Deja Tyson

With school suspensions and in-school arrests representing the primary pathways to the criminal justice system for young women and men of color, it’s increasingly clear that nonpunitive disciplinary alternatives are essential for social and racial justice in our schools and communities. Hear from national and local advocates and practitioners about the school-to-prison pipeline and learn about their innovative alternatives to combat this crisis.

Panelists include Fania Davis, a leading national voice on restorative justice and co-founder and Executive Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY); Monique Morris, co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute and author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools; Ashley Ellis, Restorative Justice Coordinator, Good Shepherd Services; and Richelle Greenidge & Deja Tyson, high school students at the School for Democracy and Leadership in Brooklyn. Moderated by Cecilia Clarke, President, Brooklyn Community Foundation. Video courtesy of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.

Part of the series "States of Denial: The Illegal Incarceration of Women, Children, and People of Color."