An Exploration of the Influence of School Environment on the School-to-Prison Pipeline for K-12 Students
This qualitative face-to-face interview study examined the perceptions of criminal justice and educational leaders to determine what role those leaders play in helping to curb the school to prison pipeline. The purpose of this study was threefold: (a) to examine the perceptions of educational and criminal justice leaders about the roles they play regarding the school environment and the school-to-prison pipeline for K-12 students, (b) to identify the behavioral warning signs of students who may become juvenile offenders, and (c) to discover strategies for shutting off the school-to-prison pipeline, as perceived by educational and criminal justice leaders. The educational and criminal justice leaders' in-depth interviews suggest that when negative behaviors first start to be exhibited, having programs and techniques in place to reduce those behaviors in the future. The characteristics and behaviors that leaders perceived to be key to identifying K-12 students who could end up in the criminal justice system were typically negative towards authority, property and peers as well as feelings of self-loathing. The discussion addresses implications for policy change, program development and legislative reform.
Fowler, LaVonda Carol, "An Exploration of the Influence of School Environment on the School-to-Prison Pipeline for K-12 Students" (2017). ETD Collection for Fayetteville State University. AAI13890288.