611.36 Readings: The School-to-Prison pipeline

Course Overview: In the United States, the school-to-prison pipeline is a national crisis wherein students have been increasingly funneled from schools into the criminal legal system. The policies and practices that fuel the school-to-prison pipeline disproportionately impact students of color and students with disabilities, as well as students facing poverty and other social factors. This readings course will examine the school-to-prison pipeline and related topics such as school discipline, school policing, mass incarceration, and juvenile justice. Students will also discuss and evaluate legal and policy solutions to dismantling the pipeline.

Class Format & Participation: This class will meet weekly to discuss the assigned readings. Students are expected to attend all seven classes and participate in discussions and class activities.

Class Format & Grading: Grading is Credit/No Credit, and there will be no final paper or exam, but attendance and participation at each session is mandatory. To help prepare for our discussions, students are required to write a brief (1-2 page) reaction paper in advance of each class. Reaction papers should engage with some of the themes in the assigned readings, and they offer an opportunity to raise a question, curiosity, or observation that can jump start our class discussion. Reaction papers should be uploaded onto the course’s Sakai site before 7:00pm the evening before class.

Special Notes:

*Readings: The School-to-Prison Pipeline

Fall 2021

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Reflective Writing
Class participation
Crystal Grant, Peggy Nicholson
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.611.36.F21
Email list: LAW.611.36.F21@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - LLM
Course Requirements - LLM-ICL
Course Requirements - Public Interest
Course Areas of Practice
Course Areas of Practice