Young black and Latino men are being churned out of classrooms and into the criminal justice system at an astounding rate. Despite modest gains in high school graduation rates, far too often young men of color become fodder for the so-called school-to-prison pipeline, a euphemism for institutional criminalization that for decades has filled prison cells disproportionately with youthful black and brown faces. Across the country, poor, minority and special needs boys especially face the wrath of so-called zero-tolerance school discipline policies that subject them to suspensions, expulsions and arrest at a disproportionate rate for committing similar infractions as their white counterparts.
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Images by Carlos Javier Ortiz. United States, 2012. Carlos has been following the stories of young men in Chicago and Guatemala for years. To view more of his images, visit his project page: “Too Young to Die.”