Combating the School to Prison Pipeline in Colorado Courts

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School to Prison Pipeline Illustration from Youth Justice Coalition

Illustration from Youth Justice Coalition

Our society is facing a massive problem where more and more children are being left behind and locked-up for life. For a myriad of reasons, ranging from excessive policing, overly harsh disciplining, resource diversion, high-stakes testing, racism, capitalism, and other systemic problems, our children are not receiving the resources that will prevent children from falling through the cracks and into custody. The United States is unique in terms of the amount of children transitioning from school to prison. No other first-world nation is facing the same surge in prison populations and particularly in children going to prison. With our education far below other first-world nations, we need to change our methods of raising and educating our children so that we can change our reliance on prison as the place to send our children.

As a Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney, I see, on a daily basis, adults that our system left behind as children. These people were never given a chance and are much more a statement of our society’s treatment of each other than any “bad choice” that the person made. Our nation is funneling money into the prison system and syphoning it from our schools. Our nation praises safety and feeds its population a daily dose of fear. We, as a nation, must make substantial changes if we are going to get our children back.

This series will provide an in-depth look into issues surrounding our children and how those issues have resulting in children bound for jail. We will look into the statistics, the problems, proposed solutions, and best practices as well as ways the courts, prosecutors, and criminal defense attorneys can help to bridge the gap.

The information in this post is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice or as the creation of an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice, please contact an Attorney.

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Nathaniel has worked in criminal law on both sides of the aisle spending time working for the prosecution as well as the defense. Most recently Nathaniel has represented individuals in violent felonies and drug cases. Prior to this work, Nathaniel handled DWIs, Domestic Violence Cases, Property Crimes, and White Collar Crimes. On the prosecutorial side, Nathaniel has most notably worked in Bosnia helping to prosecute individuals who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Bosnian War from 1993-1995. In particular, Nathaniel helped in the prosecution of military leaders who arranged for the organized murders and rapes of innocent civilians in various towns in Bosnia. Nathaniel is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Northwestern University, and Phillips Exeter Academy. Google Profile: Nathaniel Baca