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Huffington Post: School-To-Prison Pipeline Targeted By Judges, Education Officials

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jakayla Ivory, a St. Louis high-school student convicted of second-degree assault, likely would have gotten two years in jail. Instead, she went to school at Jimmie Edwards' Innovative Concept Academy.

Edwards, a St. Louis Juvenile Court judge, started the public school in 2009 with the purpose of serving students who might otherwise be lost to the juvenile justice system.

"It gave her (Ivory) hope for a better life," said Edwards, who handled Ivory's case and sentencing. "She is now doing well. She learned how to play chess, when she would have been locked up."

Read the full article on the Huffington Post.