N.C. School-Prison-Pipeline

Check out these statistics!



The school-to-prison pipeline refers to the national trend of criminalizing, rather than educating, our nation’s children. The pipeline encompasses the growing use of zero-tolerance discipline, school-based arrests, disciplinary alternative schools, and secured detention to marginalize our most at-risk youth and deny them access to education.


North Carolina spends less than $8000 per public school pupil

North Carolina spends more than $28,000 per incarcerated individual

Who is impacted the most

Male Students (51% of the total student population)

  • 72.5% of short term suspensions
  • 76.1% of long-term suspensions
  • 88.1% of expulsions

Black Students (31.1% of the total population)

  • 56.4% of short-term suspensions
  • 54.5% of long-term suspensions
  • 65.9% of expulsions

Students with disabilities (14% of the total student population)

  • 24.2% of short-term suspensions
  • 16.6% of long-term suspensions
  • 20.7% of expulsions



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