Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Paoze Thao


The school to prison pipeline for Latino students can be defined as the process by which school policies, procedures, pedagogy, and people contribute to disengagement, loss of trust in authority, damaged relationships, questioning of the curriculum, and a distrust in the education system. As a result of this process, Latino students are at a greater risk of entering the criminal justice system. This paper analyzes current approaches to school discipline, surveys male high school students, teachers, and administrators, and interviews a teacher and principal to obtain data speaking to how discipline contributes to the school to prison pipeline epidemic. The collection of data and synthesizing of research has made it clear that inequalities exist in disciplinary practices across races. Latino youth are disproportionally exposed to harsh, exclusionary disciplinary consequences, which parallels the inequities found in the criminal justice system. Redefining school discipline can help alleviate the unprecedented number of Latino students currently at risk of entering the school to prison pipeline.

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