Research shows that minority students are more likely to face disciplinary action in school than white students. When students face more detentions, suspensions, and expulsions from school than their white counterparts, we also see more children of color in juvenile and criminal courts. That phenomenon is often called the school-to-prison pipeline.
Chief District Court Judge J. Corpening of District 5 spends his days hearing cases related to kids -- cases of abuse and neglect, delinquency – with children under the age of 16. Over the past five years, Judge Corpening has attended local, state, and national conferences focused on stemming the school-to-prison pipeline. He takes an active role in overseeing District 5’s Teen Court, which, last year saw about 180 student volunteers participating in the program. And he is a recent recipient of a national award, the David W. Soukup Judge of the Year Award, presented at the National Court Appointed Special Advocates conference on March 11.
Judge Corpening will speak March 24th at the Hannah Block Center in Wilmington as part of the Free Movement Conference.