Dismantling the school-to-prison-pipeline
Since the founding of our Youth Justice Program in 1998 (then JustChildren), LAJC has fought to end policies that criminalize student behavior on local, state, and national levels. In 2011, we published our first report exposing the discriminatory use of exclusionary discipline and its impact on Black and Brown students. That initial report, along with subsequent organizing and legislative advocacy, led to successful passage of legislation in over the next three years requiring the publication of disaggregated discipline data, rolling back zero tolerance laws, and significant investments in alternative practices to create a positive and non-punitive school climate.
Saturday, February 25th, marked what is known as “Sine Die” at the Virginia General Assembly, the final day of the 2023 regular session. Thousands of bills were heard and debated during the 46 days of session. LAJC’s team worked tirelessly to prevent the rollback of rights for our communities and to push for progress during […]Read more