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Prison SchoolEducational Inequality and School Discipline in the Age of Mass Incarceration$
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Lizbet Simmons

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281455

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281455.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Prison School

Lizbet Simmons

University of California Press

This introductory chapter begins with a description of the new public school at the Orleans Parish Prison, opened by the criminal sheriff in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2002. Dubbed by locals as “the Prison School”, the school enrolled a group of African American boys who had previously been removed from regular public schools, most for nonviolent disciplinary offenses. The students were taught by inexperienced and uncredentialed teachers, and were surveilled and disciplined by the sheriff's deputies. The chapter then sets out the book's purpose, which is to examine the educational and correctional experiences of locals who protested the establishment of the school, as well as the experiences of two Prison School students. At the core of this book is an overarching concern about the ways in which urban youths are burdened by the long arm of the criminal justice system.

Keywords:   public schools, New Orleans, African American boys, Orleans Parish Prison, urban youth, criminal justice system

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