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Jessica Frisina

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Jessica Frisina

Jessica Frisina

Name of Host Organization: Michigan Children's Law Center
City, State: Southgate, Michigan
Issue area: Children/Youth
Sponsors: Norflet Progress Fund

The Project

Jessica worked to stem Detroit’s school-to-prison pipeline, by providing an innovative continuum of legal services that addressed educational needs, provided delinquency representation, and advanced sustainable, restorative alternatives to expulsion and incarceration.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Detroit’s children continue to be shuffled along the school-to-prison pipeline at alarming rates. Due to dwindling resources and harsh disciplinary policies, children are pushed out of school through expulsion hearings and into juvenile court. This pipeline is particularly devastating for the city’s most vulnerable populations – children in poverty, children with special needs, and children of color. Without coordinated, legal advocacy, those children are significantly more likely to drop out of school altogether and/or become incarcerated.