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CJC 113: Juvenile Justice

School to Prison Pipeline

Paper City began from interviews with middle school students who must navigate booming drug economies, struggling school systems, gang warfare, and unprecedented rates of mass incarceration in order to make it to graduation.

In response, a community of teachers, law officers, activists, and politicians created Paper City for youth to understand these issues and realize their power to determine the future in America.

Paper City is divided into 7 chapters that address specific points within the school-to-prison pipeline along with corresponding Help Increase the Peace (HIPP) lessons and activities.

These interactive lessons engage middle school, high school, and adult audiences in active discussion about socio-economics, community empowerment, restorative justice, and the power of decision-making.