The Prevention of Schoolhouse -2- Jailhouse Project seeks to minimize youth and families' interface with the Juvenile Justice system at both the local and state level. We provide support to families as they navigate the juvenile justice process. As a part of our work, we hold local systems accountable for developing a community-based system of care for youth and their families.
Upon request, we provide advocacy services on behalf of youth and their family at the school administrative level and youth court hearings. We continue to work to build a coordinated system of care for youth-friendly policies/practices, which include advocating against the adoption & implementation of zero tolerance and similar policies that push children out of schools and into the juvenile justice system.
We are partners with the Mississippi Coalition for the Prevention of Schoolhouse to Jailhouse, a statewide group of educators, community, legal, and public policy groups. The Coalition has dedicated itself to working for cost-effective and humane methods to close the Mississippi Schoolhouse to Jailhouse pipeline and reform its wasteful, ineffective juvenile justice system.
The evolving use of Corporal Punishment in schools
Nollie Jenkins Family Center's
Action Research Intervention Strategy:
Extend the new ban on corporal punishment adopted in Holmes County to all 138 school districts
throughout the State of Mississippi. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The infographic below is our visual depiction of the nearly 600-year history of the use of corporal punishment against people of African descent via the slave trade to the Americas, w/ specific reference to the 425 years of violence perpetrated against our Ancestors in the American South.
The Revolt of the Lash was a naval mutiny in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in late November 1910. It was the direct result of the use of whips (lashes) by white naval officers when punishing Afro-Brazilian and mixed-raced enlisted sailors. Elite white officers were in charge of mostly black and mixed-race crewmen, many of whom had been forced into the navy on long-term contracts. These officers frequently inflicted corporal punishment on the crewmen for even minor offenses, even though the practice had been banned in most other countries and in the rest of Brazil.
As a result of this violence, sailors launched a carefully planned and executed mutiny on November 22, 1910, which was led by Joao Candido Felisberto, known as the "BLACK ADMIRAL".
These men managed to take control of both dreadnoughts, one brand-new cruiser, and an older coastal-defense ship, giving them firepower that dwarfed the rest of the navy. To capitalize on the threat these ships posed to the Brazilian capital, the mutineers sent a letter to the government that demanded an end to what they called the "slavery" being practiced by the navy.
To read more click: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolt_of_the_Lash
The Mississippi Coalition was formed in October 2020 to advance the efforts by Nollie Jenkins Family Center to eliminate corporal punishment in public schools across Mississippi.
Press Conference, Thursday, June 10, 2021: Rep. McEachin, Sen. Murphy Announced Legislation to End Corporal Punishment in Schools.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) hosted a press conference to announce the re-introduction of the Protecting Our Students in Schools Act, bicameral legislation led by Reps. A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), to prohibit the practice of corporal punishment in any schools that receive federal funding. Who: Rep. A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) Morgan Craven, National Director of Policy, Advocacy, & Community Engagement, Intercultural Development Research Association Ellen Reddy, Advocate / Executive Director, Nollie Jenkins Family Center Treshika Melvin, Senior Community Advocate, Southern Poverty Law Center Dr. Maysa Akbar, Chief Diversity Officer, American Psychological Association.
Virtual Hill Briefing, Wednesday, June 30, 2021: Students must be safe and free from physical harm in schools. A supportive school environment is critical for effective teaching and learning. This is perhaps more important than ever as students return to classrooms after a period of remote learning due to COVID-19. The pandemic has upended the lives of many students and their families, leading to increases in social isolation, anxiety, stress, and trauma. Therefore, it is incumbent on all states, districts, schools, and educators to foster positive school climates and improve discipline practices through evidence-based strategies, like training and ongoing professional development for educators, greater involvement of school support staff, and the use of other evidence-based supports like restorative justice practices.
The Protecting Our Students in Schools Act furthers this goal by banning the use of corporal punishment in schools receiving federal funds and provides resources for schools and districts to implement practices that we know contribute best to a learning environment designed to help students thrive.
This event featured two Panels (Community Panel & Expert Panel). The MS Coalition to End Corporal Punishment (MSCECP) lead and facilitated by NJFC provided a video production and livestream members: Executive Director, Ellen Reddy; 2014 Video of student - Curshevia Robinson telling her story; Curtis Hill, former Youth Organizers and brother of Curshevia who reflects on the video clip; Video of Parent-Ms. Ringo and her daughter, who gave permission for her child to be paddled and then regrets her decision; Dianna Freelon-Foster, Activists with a Purpose (AWAP) from an advocate perspective; and Geraldine Bender, MS State President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).
Display table at the 43rd Juvenile Justice Symposium, March 23-25, 2022 in Biloxi, MS
PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN
Treatment of Children with Jennifer Farmer
March 17, 2022
June 10, 2021
A growing controversy over the use of the “paddle” to discipline children has a painful racial subtext.
By Sarah Carr, April 8, 2014
Isolation rooms and paddling: What some schools in the South are doing to keep students in line.
By Eli Hager November 11, 2015
NJFC Youth Presentation to the Holmes County School Board
Student Rights, Regulations & Trends in Mississippi
Corporal Punishment in the South & Across the U.S.
Linking Corporal Punishment to Slavery & the Terror of Lynching in America
United Nations Affiliated Initiatives