Digital Literacy Acquisition and The School to Prison Pipeline

We are honored to have been able to contribute a chapter to the newly released book Understanding, Dismantling, and Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline edited by Kenneth J. Fasching-Varner, Lori Latrice Martin, Roland W. Mitchell, Karen P. Bennett-Haron, and Arash Daneshzadeh.  This important volume contains chapters from scholars who dig deeply and thoughtfully into the relationships between schools and prisons and how vulnerable populations, and people of color in particular, are set on a destructive and seemingly inescapable path by the school-to-prison pipeline.  Our chapter adds a slightly different spin on our previously shared work into the role of digital literacy acquisition among and incarcerated population being prepared for reentry.  We draw from the same data and theoretical framework, but in the chapter we argue forcibly that the systems in place that keep access to the internet away individuals preparing for reentry serve to keep people in the pipeline.  We suggest that changes to policy that allow for digital literacy acquisition within the structure of a reentry program may provide an exit from the pipeline.  We hope you’re able to get your hands on a copy of this book. Let us know what you think!

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