Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Paoze Thao


As educators, a large part of our job day in and day out will be to enrich the minds of young students, who are our future generations. Given this, schools are tasked with student discipline in addition to their learning development. The focus of this senior capstone is to examine the school-to-prison pipeline and identify what educators can adjust in order to decrease the funneling of students into incarceration. Utilizing literature reviews, interviews with in-service teachers and administrators, and studying various approaches to disciplinary actions, the result findings indicate that there are alternative, more positive approaches to disciplinary actions in schools to lead students to success. Individual student accountability avoids a heavier course of action, allowing affected students more opportunities to change and develop.