Equity: Youth Aim to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Over the past several years, youth leaders from Communities United (CU) and other organizations convened statewide efforts that led to the creation and passage of SB100. This new legislation, which took effect in September 2016, is the most comprehensive school discipline reform policy in the nation. It targets the disparate disciplinary practices that contribute to the “school-to-prison pipeline.” Among other things, the policy ends zero-tolerance in all publicly funded schools in Illinois, limits the use of exclusionary discipline and encourages restorative alternatives to traditional disciplinary practices. As schools across Illinois begin to implement the legislation, this video will help raise awareness and create a dialogue on the goals of the reform.