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Panel to Discuss School Deviance and School to Prison Pipeline

October 4, 2016

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The Kutztown University Fall Speaker Series will present a panel discussion, School Deviance and the School to Prison Pipeline, on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium in the McFarland Student Union.  A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. in room 157 of the McFarland Student Union.  The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists include Christopher Agans, director of transitions, NJ-STEP; Tabetha Bernstein-Danis, Ph.D., Kutztown University, Department of Special Education; Boris Franklin, Mountainview Student, Rutgers University; Lauren Livingston, assistant principal, JT Lambert Intermediate School; Dr. Khalid Mumin, superintendent of schools, Reading School District; and John Yount, director of safe schools, Governor Mifflin School District. 

The discussion will be moderated by Lindsey Runell, J.D., Ph.D., Department of Criminal Justice​ at KU.

Recent research has focused on school deviance as an entry point into more serious forms of criminal conduct. Evidence suggests that certain school disciplinary procedures may result in disproportionate punishments and such treatment can facilitate entry into deviance and crime. Even more worrying, these zero-tolerance policies may negatively affect students of colors and student from lower socioeconomic backgrounds at disproportionate numbers. Topics to be discussed in this panel include whether this concept of the school to prison pipeline is a myth or reality and what policies contribute to (and can address) this issue.

For more information contact Dr. Lindsey Runnell, J.D. at runell@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4241.