Meeting the Back to School Challenge: Get Involved!

The Sentencing Project hosted a webinar on re-engaging students and closing the school-to-prison pipeline.

Related to: Youth Justice

The reopening of schools this fall marks a pivotal turning point for the U.S. education system, with important implications for youth justice. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the Sentencing Project.

Thanks to a $122 billion infusion of federal relief funds, educators, advocates, and community leaders will have unprecedented opportunities in 2021-22 to reduce school arrests and suspensions, and to make lasting changes that help keep students in school and on track for future success. However, given the widespread disconnection, learning loss, and tragedy American children suffered during the pandemic, the moment will also be fraught with pitfalls.

Given these high stakes, youth justice advocates, youth and families need a seat at the table in discussion over how schools utilize available funds to ensure the success of justice involved youth with targeted strategies that ensure their success and wellness.


JauNae Hanger, Children’s Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana

Rudy Bankston, National Equity Project

Phyllis Jordan, FutureEd

Richard “Dick” Mendel, The Sentencing Project

Moderated by Marcy Mistrett, The Sentencing Project

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