One Book 2021-2022: So You Want to Talk about Race

One Book Research and Resource Guide for "So You Want to Talk About Race"

Understanding the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Chapter 8: What Is the School-to-Prison Pipeline?

The "school-to-prison pipeline" is the term commonly used to describe the alarming number of black and brown children who are funneled directly and indirectly from our schools into our prison industrial complex, contributing to devastating levels of mass incarceration that lead to one in three black men and one in six Latino men going to prison in their lifetimes, in addition to increased levels of incarceration for women of color.

The school-to-prison pipeline starts with the high level of suspensions and expulsions mentioned earlier. The disproportionately punitive levels of school discipline toward black and brown children does more than impact a student's year.

-From "So You Want to Talk About Race," Chapter Five

Background Articles 

These are articles that come from encyclopedias, overview reports, books, or similarly sourced aimed at providing the basic facts on a topic.

Popular Source Articles 

These are articles from more popular media sources such as websites, magazines, newspapers, blogs, and the like.  

Scholarly Articles 

These are articles from scholarly/academic journals that are written by researchers and other experts in their fields to share the findings of their original research with others in the field. 


Videos can be a great place to get information. Linked below are some featured - both from the library's streaming collection, as well as videos on the web.

Source: "American Kids & The School-To-Prison Pipeline" by AJ+, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Source: "The School-to-prison Pipeline, Explained" by Vox, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Helpful Websites and Larger Organizations

Use the links below to find more information on the websites of organizations that focus on the topic at hand.

NPR - StoryCorps, Justice Project

StoryCorps: Justice Project

StoryCorps is a national project to record and archive the personal stories that matter in people's lives. Linked below is a collection of stories that are a part of their Justice Project.


Below is an animated story, just an example of the stories you'll hear in this collection

Inequality in the Promised Land

Examines why the Black middle class and poor students fail to reap the benefits of idyllic suburban schools.

Despite the Best Intentions

On the surface, Riverview High School looks like the post-racial ideal. Serving an enviably affluent, diverse, and liberal district, the school is well-funded, its teachers are well-trained, and many of its students are high achieving. Yet Riverview has not escaped the same unrelenting question that plagues schools throughout America: why is it that even when all of the circumstances seem right, black and Latino students continue to lag behind their peers? 

Cultivating Achievement, Respect, and Empowerment (CARE) for African American Girls in Pre-K-12 Settings

This book presents important scholarship on topics that impact the academic achievement of African American girls in K‐12 settings. The 20 chapters discuss issues impacting the education of African American girls and many of challenges that they encounter during their schooling experiences.