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School Discipline Book Launch with Dan Losen and Marsha Weissman

Closing the School-to-Prison Pipeline


The Hazen Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Open Society Foundations are proud to celebrate the release of Closing the School Discipline Gap: Equitable Remedies for Excessive Exclusion by Dan Losen and Prelude to Prison: Student Perspectives on School Suspension by Marsha Weissman. In their new works, Weissman and Losen give voice to young people impacted by the school to prison pipeline and offer substantive solutions for systemic change.


  • Dan Losen is director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies, an initiative at the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles. He has worked at the Civil Rights Project since 1999, when it was affiliated with Harvard Law School, where he was a lecturer on law. Before becoming a lawyer, Losen taught in public schools for 10 years, including work as a founder of an alternative public school.
  • Marsha Weissman is the executive director of the Center for Community Alternatives. She has established model programs including New York’s only alternative-to-incarceration program for “juvenile offenders” (children under the age of 16 who are treated in the adult criminal justice system), New York State’s first alternative-to-incarceration treatment program for women, and a collaboration with the Syracuse City School District to reduce suspensions and expulsions of high-risk youth.

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