The School–to-Prison Pipeline is a metaphor used to describe the increasing patters of contact students have with the juvenile and adult criminal justice system as a result of recent practices implemented by educational institutions.
According to the Campaign for Youth Justice, an estimated 250,000 youth are tried, sentenced or incarcerated as adults every year across the United States. As described by the American Civil Liberties Union, “the school-to-prison pipeline is a disturbing national trend. Many of the children (this effects) have learning disabilities or histories of poverty, abuse and/or neglect. This trend disproportionately targets children of color.”
Parents, teachers, counselors and mentors are constantly looking for better ways to effectively communicate with at-risk teens and troubled youth. “This Ain’t What You Want” by JABAR is the first in a line of YA (Young Adult) fiction novels written specifically for young people and the unique challenges they face, offering powerful intervention via literature. This is positive fiction that works as a mirror for change.
Flagrant Publishing is committed to challenging the “School-to-Prison Pipeline” with consequence oriented literature for at-risk teens and troubled youth. “Young people are inundates with choices” says Author JABAR. “Arming young people with books that encourage critical thinking is key”.
Hailed as a “Must Read” by the Baltimore Times for its highly relatable nature, this compelling coming of age story highlights a young man’s journey through trials and tribulations as a result of having the wrong friends. This gritty no hold barred approach to fiction creates a platform for open and honest dialog between young people and their support systems; parents, teachers, counselors and mentors.
Young peoples limited experiences naturally makes it difficult for them is see the long term effects of their everyday actions. This Ain’t What You Want is effective with at-risk teens and young adults as it offers an honest reflection of life, choices and consequence, allowing the reader to evaluate their own thinking and behavior as it relates to the story and essentially, their lives.