How We’re Priming Some Kids For College — And Others For Prison

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“On the path that American children travel to adulthood, two institutions oversee the journey.  The first is the one you hear about the most: college… Today I want to talk about the second institution overseeing this journey, and that institution is prison.” – Alice Goffman

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In the United States, two institutions guide teenagers on the journey to adulthood: college and prison. Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood and saw first-hand how teenagers of African-American and Latino backgrounds are funneled down the path to prison — sometimes starting with relatively minor infractions. In an impassioned talk she asks, “Why are we offering only handcuffs and jail time?”

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