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Prison School: Educational Inequality and School Discipline in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Lizbet Simmons


Public schools across the United States have turned to the criminal justice system as a gold standard of discipline. As public schools and offices of justice have become collaborators in punishment, rates of African American suspension and expulsion have soared, dropout rates have accelerated, and prison populations have exploded. Nowhere, perhaps, has the War on Crime been more influential in broadening racialized academic and socioeconomic disparity than in New Orleans, Louisiana, where in 2002 the criminal sheriff opened his own public school at the Orleans Parish Prison. “The Prison School ... More

Keywords: public schools, criminal justice system, discipline, punishment, African Americans, suspension, expulsion, New Orleans, young black males, prisons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520281455
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520281455.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lizbet Simmons, author