Christopher Zoukis is the author of several prison education books. He’s making it his goal to do what he can to end the school to prison pipeline in America.
Zoukis says that America is increasingly faced with the problems of kids dropping out of school and graduating into prison facilities, according to prisoneducation.com.
This syndrome is now commonly known as the school to prison pipeline, Zoukis disclosed that kids now go to school in the morning but risk ending up later in jail. He added that kids increasingly graduate not from schools anymore but into the criminal justice system.
Non-Whites and Segregated Minorities Often Affected By School To Prison Pipeline
The unfortunate thing about this pipeline effect according to Zoukis, is that disadvantaged and non-white kids happen to be most hit by this effect.
To this extent, racial and segregated minorities tend to be affected most with the school-to-prison-pipeline phenomenon. These are also segments of the population most plagued by poverty, social abuse and economic neglect.
Zoukis blames the zero tolerance people have to segregated persons for the school-to-prison-pipeline problem. He’s the author of:
- Prison Education Guide
- Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons
- College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons
Family and Societal Problems Give Rise to School To Prison Pipeline in America
Kent County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Feeney among other prison educationists agrees that school truancy and dropouts feed the school to prison pipeline. Added to these are:
- transportation problems
- health challenges
- dysfunctional households
- incarcerated parents
- care for younger siblings
Also, poverty, race, social discrimination, and other socioeconomic problems give rise to school to prison pipeline challenges; and until these challenges are addressed from the grassroots, the school to prison pipeline in America may persist still.
According to Zoukis, this process makes kids go to school every morning feeling like suspected criminals.
“Class inequalities in incarceration are reflected in the very low educational level of those in prison and jail,” said Dr. Fred Cheesman, author of Facts About the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
“The legitimate labor market opportunities for men with no more than a high school education have deteriorated as the prison population has grown, and prisoners themselves are drawn overwhelmingly from the least educated.
State prisoners average just a 10th grade education, and about 70 percent have no high school diploma.”
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Charles Omedo has a degree in Mass Communication and a PGD in Digital Communication. He worked as a newspaper/magazine reporter and editor for many years. Now, he writes daily news articles for private clients. Charles has written for US/UK/Canadian/Indian clients on various niches. He currently writes prison news for loved ones of inmates on the Prison Rideshare Network.