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California: #1 in Prison Spending

ID Number: 36445
Maker: Freedom Winter Coalition; Inkworks Press; Design Action Collective
Technique: offset
Date Made: 2001
Place Made: United States: California, Oakland
Measurements: 55.5 cm x 53.5 cm; 21 7/8 in x 21 1/16 in
Main Subject: Prisons & Prisoners
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
California: #1 in prison spending #41 in education spending School Prison Freedom Winter Coalition 510-444-0484 [recycle bug] [union bug]

Acquisition Number: 2011-042

Copyright Status:
Under copyright; used by CSPG for educational and research purposes only. Distribution or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.

Exhibition Annotation:
Since this poster was produced in 2001, the statistics have worsened. California continues to be #1 in prison spending but fluctuates between 46th and 50th in education spending The “school-to-prison pipeline,” is a disturbing national trend wherein children are pushed out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Many of these children have learning disabilities or histories of poverty, abuse, or neglect, and would benefit from additional educational and counseling services. Instead, they are isolated, punished, and excluded from educational opportunities. “Zero-tolerance” policies criminalize minor infractions of school rules. Stationing police in schools lead to students being criminalized for youthful behaviors that should be handled inside the school. Students of color are especially vulnerable to push-out trends and the discriminatory application of discipline. Prior to challenges and changes, Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) 45.04 imposed a daytime curfew on youth under the age of 18. According to the code, if students were found outside of school from bell to bell without a valid excuse, they could be given a citation of up to $250, plus added court fees. In effect, LAMC 45.05 criminalized both truancy and tardiness and imposed economic punishments on low-income families. Black and Latino students are disproportionately stopped and cited by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and Los Angeles School Police (LASPD). *Complete Annotation in Note Pad.

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