The School to Prison to Deportation Pipeline

This is a very disturbing report, highlighting how 80% of the youth in deportation proceedings are from California.  The interesting fact is that many of these children are funneled straight from their schools because of school discipline practices.  

Read the full report: The Minority Reports – Intersection of Criminal Justice, Immigration and Surveillance.

Read the executive summary:

Increased cooperation and collaboration between federal institutions and local law enforcement agencies in California has created a major shift in the way public safety policies are developed and implemented in the state. The notion of interoperability, or the ability of systems and entities to work and operate with each other, became more pronounced after the attacks of September 11, 2001. 

It has also changed the way we view law enforcement in our communities. In the name of “cooperation,” California has seen increased sharing of resources, data and personnel that negatively affects communities of color, immigrants, and people interacting with the criminal justice system. For example, the rapid expansion of immigration enforcement in the criminal justice system in the state has resulted in widespread bias against immigrants, and has created a two-­tiered system of justice in which noncitizens are routinely denied alternative release programs.

The quest for interoperability began as early as the 1980s, when the country engaged in a “war on drugs” and continued on as the “war on terror” commenced. This report examines the impact of interoperability in California, as it became the fulcrum on which the intersection of criminal justice, immigration and surveillance in the state, balances. It highlights the concerns and increasing problems that diverse communities are experiencing as a consequence of the interaction of these systems and the absence of transparency and of clear mechanisms to hold elements in the system accountable. It examines the view of information sharing as a panacea, the real dangers it poses to community safety and cohesion, and the impact on the human rights and civil liberties of people who are affected by them. It also emphasizes the absence of coherent and strategic institutional response to the problem engendered by the intersection. Finally, the report offers recommendations.

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