Date of Thesis

Spring 2022


The American public-school system pushes many low incomes and minoritized learners out of school and into the juvenile justice system through its disciplinary practices. The school-to-prion pipeline (STPP) puts a name on this cycle, explaining how zero-tolerance policies are directly or indirectly causing students to drop out of school and leading them into prison. This thesis utilizes existing literature too deeply asses zero-tolerance policies, as well as other apparati of the STPP within schools today. It examines how the STPP discriminates against students based on social class, race, gender, and disability. This project is directed by a theoretical framework of Bourdieu’s social reproduction theory and demonstrates that the STPP is a mechanism of social reproduction in American public education. Finally, the study ends with three policy recommendations that could interrupt the racist and classist processes of the STPP.

Access Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Sue Ellen Henry

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