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Advocates: Cradle to Prison Pipeline Scooping Up Too Many CA Kids

September 24, 2007

Children's advocates are meeting this week in Washington, D.C. to find ways to divert Black and Latino children from what's been dubbed the "cradle to prison pipeline." Angela Glover Blackwell, spokesperson for the Children's Defense Fund, says the "pipeline" is more than a catchphrase for a problem -- it's a nationwide crisis that mirrors the damage racial bias and inequality can cause.

"The disproportionate incarceration of black and brown boys and men is not because they are 'bad actors.'"

Blackwell says families, communities, and government all have unique and important roles to play in keeping kids out of the "pipeline" and helping them grow into adulthood, to become productive members of society.

"They need to come into the world healthy. They need early childhood development programs; schools that value them and assume they can learn, and that will prepare children to reach their full potential."

The conference brings together healthcare, social work and educational experts from across the nation. It begins Tuesday. More information is available online from the Children's Defense Fund, at

Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - CA