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Education Matters – Disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline

Topic:  Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Satana Deberry campaigned to become Durham County’s next District Attorney advocating for reforms in the criminal justice system, including how students are treated. She’s now one of several new District Attorneys and Sheriffs elected in November in North Carolina and across the U.S. who believe overzealous policing and prosecution has exacerbated a school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately affects poor and minority children. Her election, and this debate, comes at the same time there are calls for increased police and security presence at our schools in the wake of recent shootings. Can we do both – protect children and also make sure all students are treated fairly?


Satana Deberry, District Attorney-Elect, Durham County

Peggy Nicholson, Co-Director, Youth Justice Project

Keith Poston

Keith Poston is the president and executive director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina.