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UPDATE: Bill to reform solitary confinement for juveniles tabled until next session

Last week, proponents of ending the abuse of solitary confinement practices against juvenile detainees received disheartening news: California’s Senate Bill 61 will not be passed during this session of the California Legislature. SB 61 looked poised to be approved by the state Assembly after winning passage by the Senate, but the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee drastically … Continue reading

Unite for Students Honored by CA Senate

Sen. Mark Leno and the California State Senate recently honored Unite for Students for its work bringing attention to the school-to-prison pipeline issue. Leno, who represents San Francisco and other areas in the California Senate, was the main signatory on the commendation, which was approved by the Senate and presented to Unite for Students volunteers. … Continue reading

Policy Statement

With a focus on breaking the school to prison pipeline, Unite for Students calls on the San Francisco Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools, Richard Carranza, to focus on restorative justice over zero-tolerance; encourage parental involvement in schools; and ensure that all students have access to college and A-G counseling. The school-to-prison pipeline, … Continue reading

A-G Courses and Ending the School to Prison Pipeline

The UC and CSU state systems require that applicants complete the so-called A-G academic requirements, which means that without these courses, students are ineligible to apply for California’s public university systems.  Many students lack either the opportunity or the proper guidance to ensure that they take these required courses and as a result are unable … Continue reading

Exposing the “Cradle to Prison Pipeline”

In a very interesting piece “Ending the Cradle to Prison Pipeline and Mass Incarceration — the New American Jim Crow,” Marian Wright Edelman outlines the issues of the school to prison pipeline and mass incarceration.  As president of the Children’s Defense Fund, Edelman explains how difficult it is for many children of color in the … Continue reading