January 17, 2012


Live! CDF-SRO and SPLC Discuss Zero Tolerance Summit

CDF-SRO Case Manager Layla Fitzgerald and Jed Oppenheim of the Southern Poverty Law Center appeared on Fox 40 News A.M. to discuss the Cradle to Prison Pipeline Statewide Summit Focusing on Civil Rights and Zero Tolerance School Discipline Policies in Jackson.

Watch Fox 40 News Anchor C.E. Huffman interview Layla and Jed about zero tolerance policies that require mandatory punishments for specific offenses. Students who violate the rules can be expelled, suspended, transferred to an alternative school or receive corporal punishment for many of those offenses. Policies that were intended to combat drug and weapons charges are now being used for lesser offenses.

View the Release as a .pdf: