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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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Undereducated and Overcriminalized in New Orleans

Undereducated and Overcriminalized in New Orleans

(p.73) Chapter 3 Undereducated and Overcriminalized in New Orleans
Prison School

Lizbet Simmons

University of California Press

This chapter looks closely at New Orleans to show how punitive school disciplinary measures endorse the War on Crime, compounding the academic problems of African American students within the city's historically dysfunctional school system. It draws a picture of the dismal educational and disciplinary conditions in the public schools of New Orleans across two generations of African American men and shows their role in extending correctional vulnerability. The educational experiences of these men help explain how Louisiana gained the highest incarceration rate in the world. In Louisiana and nationally, the correctional system is filled with individuals who have dropped out of school. In 1997, almost 75 percent of state inmates lacked a high school diploma. Extreme school disciplinary policies have added to that group students who have been pushed out of school.

Keywords:   public schools, New Orleans, punishment, school discipline, War on Crime, African American students

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