According to a report from the Justice Department, black children in Medina, Mississippi are routinely sent to jail for minor offenses like dress code violations, flatulence, profanity, and disrespect, thus creating a school-to-prison pipeline that violated their constitutional rights.
“The Justice Department also found that police department arrests children without probable cause, violating the children’s Fourth Amendment protections of unlawful search and seizure.
Lauderdale County, the Youth Court judges, and the Mississippi Division of Youth Services reportedly violated the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments by ‘failing to provide children procedural due process rights in the probationary process.'”
Our young people deserve much better than this. And these practices are certainly not unique to Mississippi.
The Justice Department should be investigating these kinds of harmful, unjust practices nationwide!
Concerned about the school-to-prison pipeline, and it’s impact on black youth?