Forum To Address School -To- Prison Pipeline Will Be Held At Bowie State

November 11, 2019
Prince Georges County officials and community will discuss the school-to-prison-pipelline.

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Prince George's County officials want to address the complexities of the school-to-prison pipeline. Prince George's County State's Attorney Aisha Braveboy has made it her mission to tackle the concerns head on with Youth Justice Reform Symposium.

On Friday, Bowie State University students, local high school students and panelists will talk through topics like youth justice reform, diversion programs, and public safety. Council Member Calvin Hawkins and student School Board Member Joshua Omolola will sit on the panel and help address concerns.

"When you unpack it, you realize a lot of the students have mental health issues or they're going through abuse at home or they're facing mental or emotional abuse themselves," Omolola said. "[We have to] really make sure we're diagnosing the problem instead of throwing them into prison."

Hawkins shared that a diversion program could've changed his life.

"I don't think I would have ended up serving five years and nine months in prison," Hawkins said  "As a council member, I want to ensure that I support [the community] with the funding to ensure we can have diversionary programs."

The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Bowie State's student center. Register for free tickets on Eventbrite.

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