Meeting to Discuss 'Cradle to Prison' Pipeline

Groups who say they're concerned about a "cradle to prison" pipeline have a meeting set in Meridian.

The Children's Defense Fund, Southern Poverty Law Center and the Mississippi NAACP are conducting a meeting about the issue at First Union Missionary Baptist Church, 610 38th Avenue, Thursday at 6 p.m. It's open to the public.

A report compiled by the Children's Defense Fund, Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline, will be discussed.

"The community has some children who were affected by this," said Randle Jennings, education chairman of the Lauderdale County NAACP. "They may be still in school and a lot of them may not be. But we have to make sure that now we go on the proactive to try to recover as many children who may have been affected by this particular type of system."

The Children's Defense Fund says in its report that extreme school discipline for what it calls minor infractions is criminalizing thousands of students.