Coming Together to Dismantle the Cradle to Prision Pipeline in Massachusetts

April 29, 2010

Featuring: Marian Wright Edelman, President and Founder, Children’s Defense Fund

TheCradle to Prison Pipelineis an urgent national crisis that leaves a African-American boy born in 2001 with a one-in-three risk of going to prison and a Latino boy with a one-in-six risk. The prison pipeline is fueled by pervasive poverty, inadequate health and mental health care, gaps in early childhood development, disparate educational opportunities, chronic abuse and neglect and overburdened and ineffective juvenile justice systems.

This half-day summit with gathered community and faith leaders, policy makers, elected officials, educators, law enforcement officials, program administrators and advocates, and families and youth from across Massachusetts examined the Cradle to Prison Pipeline and developed action plans to dismantle the pipeline in the state.

Sponsored by:Children’s Defense Fund, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School, Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and Bright Beginnings at Harvard Graduate School of Education