Sunday, October 13, 2013

Trial Set in School-to-Prison Pipeline Case

Barring a settlement in the next year,  the U.S. Department of Justice will go to trial against the city of Meridian and Lauderdale County in Mississippi.  DOJ argues that  local authorities lock up students for minor infractions like disrespect or vulgar language.  The suit also alleges that students--disproportionately African American and disabled--are routinely detained without probable cause and denied legal counsel.  

DOJ was also set to try the Meridian Public School District, but was able to reach a settlement agreement with the district this past summer.  The district agreed to take various steps to end discrimination in its discipline program.  It is not clear why the criminal justice system is holding out, but if this goes to trial and DOJ wins, which are both big ifs, the case could have a monumental impact in the fight against the pipeline.

 

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/education_law/2013/10/trial-set-in-school-to-prison-pipeline-case.html

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