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“Cradle to Prison Pipeline” Trapping MT Kids

September 25, 2007

Washington, DC – Learn to walk and talk -- and go directly to jail. That's a life story that children's advocates say is being played out for too many Native American and Latino children, in Montana and across the country. Social workers, educators and child development experts are meeting today to look at ways to divert those kids away from the so-called "cradle to prison pipeline." Angela Glover Blackwell with the Children’s Defense Fund says the pipeline is a nationwide crisis.

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

Blackwell believes families, communities, and government all have unique and important roles to play in keeping kids out of the "pipeline" to prison. She says childhood experts know what kids need in order to grow into productive members of society.

"Children need to come into the world healthy and participate in early childhood development programs. They need to attend schools that value them, staffed by teachers ready to help the children learn and prepare them to reach their full potential."

The conference starts today in Washington, D.C. More information is available online at www.childrensdefense.org

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MT