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The School to Prison Pipeline

The reality of suspension is that it is harmful to a student and often unnecessary. Louisiana schools suspend more than 62,000 students a year for offenses ranging from tardiness to uniform violations. Not only are excessive school suspensions taxing our state’s financial resources, but they’re also creating a long-term problem for our youth. Students who are suspended even once are associated with a 32% risk of dropping out of school altogether.

Furthermore, students who are suspended are more likely to enter the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems than students who are allowed to stay in school. This recent phenomenon is so prevalent that it’s commonly referred to as the “school-to-prison pipeline.”

Louisiana schools suspend 62,000+ students each year.

How to Break Free

Positive behavioral intervention and support programs allow students to adopt skills and access tools for managing issues like conflict and behavioral problems so that suspensions, expulsions, and school-based arrests don’t have to become a reality. By supporting students through trusted peer and educator groups rather than isolating them through drastic disciplinary measures, we have a better chance at helping Louisiana’s kids stay in school and become positive community members.

Positive behavioral intervention & support programs can reduce school discipline referrals by up to 50%.

Get Involved

Ready to change the reality of suspension for students in Louisiana?
Here’s how you can get involved.
  1. Spread the word through social media. Share the Reality of Suspension initiative on Facebook and Twitter to raise awareness and educate your community. Feel free to copy and paste the following video links into your posts with #RealityofSuspension:
  2. Download the Reality of Suspension PDF. This one-page, double-sided document is easy to download, print, and share. Use it as an education resource and starting point for discussion.
  3. Contact a partner organization. Reach out to one of the following participating organizations for more information on the issue of school suspension, current Louisiana legislation, and volunteer opportunities.
  4. Support affected families & students. If you or someone you know is struggling with school suspension, call the Standing Up For Each Other hotline at 1-504-410-KIDS (5437). Please leave your name and telephone number and someone will get back to you in 24 hours.