End the School to Jail Track
Through grassroots, youth-led organizing, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos leads local and statewide campaigns to dismantle the school-to-prison pipline:
- end harsh "zero tolerance" and racial discrimination in school discipline practices
- roll back the criminalization of youth behavior through school policing
- implement alternatives such as restorative justice
so that ALL Colorado youth have the same right to stay in school and get the high-quality education they deserve.
In Denver, we lead a local-level accountability campaign to ensure that Denver Public Schools implements our hard-fought policy wins. Across Colorado, we are building a statewide network for discipline reform, bringing together school communities, allies, officials & policymakers to end the school-to-prison pipeline in Colorado.
Both our local and statewide campaigns build on the victories of our decade-long fight to End the School to Jail Track and each have gained national recognition for improving student outcomes and achievement.
Standing at the vanguard of the nationwide movement to reform local school discipline policies, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos has demanded - and won - two crucial points of effective change in discipline practices: greater district accountability around policy implementation and a progressive, restorative discipline policy that is touted in districts across the country.
Padres & Jóvenes Unidos has built on its proven track-record of local success to help Colorado become one of the few states to pass legislation that rolls back harsh, zero tolerance punishments that criminalize youth of color.
Join the campaign to End the School to Jail Track. United, we can create school and district policies that promote school safety, academic success and help prepare all students for college and meaningful careers.
To learn more about our campaign to End the School to Jail Track, contact one of our organizers: