Abstract

Building on an interpretive case study of a public school at a prison in New Orleans, this paper examines the punitive culture of public education and points to its role in extending both the minority achievement gap and mass minority incarceration. The work documents how racial minorities, and African American males in particular, are criminalized by school disciplinary policies and shows how these policies foreshorten educational careers and increase risk for incarceration. The paper concludes by turning to a school site in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans where a grassroots student organization has resisted the correctional school disciplinary model and has advocated for more positive educational investments.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1935-8652
Print ISSN
1935-8644
Pages
pp. 215-241
Launched on MUSE
2009-06-14
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived
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