S.J. Quinney College of Law student of the Public Policy Clinic and the Social Justice Student Initiative hosted an event on January 30, 2016 titled, “Breaking the Pipeline.” The event was a followup the report, “From Fingerpaint to Fingerprints: The School-to-Prison Pipeline in Utah.”
“Studies show that suspension and expulsion rates are closely correlated with dropout and delinquency rates, and have tremendous economic costs. Referrals to law enforcement and arrests at school are the harshest forms of school disciplinary action,” according to the report.
“If we want our children to succeed, we are going to have to rethink how and how often we discipline them in our schools,” said professor Emily Chiang, who directed the research and analysis for the report.
The study found that students who were suspended even once were more likely to drop out of school, and that nearly 70 percent of the U.S. prison population consisted of high school dropouts.