Preventing the school-to-prison pipeline

Thursday, May 03, 2018

An Innovative Collaboration between Social Work, Legal Services, and Public Health

The recording of this event, which took place on April 12, 2018 is now available:

View article MAC on the Care: the school-to-prison pipeline on Massachusetts Advocates for Children website

Thursday, April 12
Boston University College of General Studies
871 Commonwealth Ave
Room 511
5:30-7:00 pm


Maria Dixon, BA
Senior Family Partner
Dimock Community Service Agency | Justice Resource Institute

Vigny Fong, LCSW
Intensive Care Coordinator
Dimock Community Service Agency | Justice Resource Institute

Liza Hirsch, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Massachusetts Advocates for Children

Stephanie Molina, Esq.
Bart J. Gordon Fellow/Staff Attorney
Massachusetts Advocates for Children


Astraea Augsberger, PhD
Assistant Professor
BU School of Social Work

The school-to-prison pipeline refers to a trend in which punitive school disciplinary policies and practices increase the likelihood that children will become involved with the criminal justice system. The school-to-prison pipeline is a critical public health and racial equity issue as it disproportionately affects low-income students, students of color, and students with disabilities.

This event featured an innovative, interprofessional partnership between lawyers from Massachusetts Advocates for Children and Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) team members from Dimock Community Service Agency/Justice Resource Institute. The panelists highlighted systems-level approaches to combat the school-to-prison pipeline, including a discussion of current MA laws related to school discipline, safe and supportive schools, and pending legislation related to the use of student arrests in schools.

This event was jointly sponsored by the Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health and the BU-ALPS (Advancing Leadership in Public Health Social Work) HRSA grant.

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