The Touro Law Center’s Work to Break the “School-to-Prison” Pipeline

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Published on October 23, 2014

Author: nicholasfortuna

Source: slideshare.net

1.  Founder and managing partner of Allyn & Fortuna, LLP, Nicholas Fortuna has been actively practicing complex corporate litigation for more than 25 years. A distinguished alumnus of the Touro Law Center, Nicholas Fortuna developed his legal background by working directly in the community. For nearly 35 years, the Touro Law Center has worked to engage law students with pressing issues in the community through the William Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center (PAC).

2.  Funded in part by the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program, the PAC is the only organization of its kind in the country directly connecting law students with local nonprofits. The Center for Restorative Practices, Inc. (a legal branch of Hope for Youth), is one program under the PAC which works to stem the “school-to-prison” pipeline that affects many low-income communities. The “school-to-prison” phenomenon refers to a trend in which children from underprivileged backgrounds are more likely to be prematurely criminalized and incarcerated for minor school infractions.

3.  According to data compiled by PBS, black and Latino students are twice as likely not to graduate high school as white children, and approximately seven out of ten in-school arrests or law referrals involve black or Latino students. In order to fight this trend, the Center for Restorative Practices provides advocacy, guidance, and representative services to the juvenile minority community, seeking alternatives to incarceration and expulsion.

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