Justice Department Probes Another “School-to-Prison Pipeline

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April 1, 2015

 

The Justice Department is investigating how a Texas county punishes kids for missing school, targeting what civil-rights advocates call the school-to-prison pipeline: policies that disproportionately rout certain children — primarily blacks and Latinos — out of class and into the juvenile justice system. In Texas, failure to attend school, or truancy, is a criminal offense punishable by fines up to $500, plus court costs.
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