Alternative Spring Break 2013-2014 - Liberty and Justice for All? Exploring the School-to-Prison Pipeline in California

Basic Information
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Alternative Spring Break 2013-2014
Trip Name: 
Liberty and Justice for All? Exploring the School-to-Prison Pipeline in California
Trip Location: 
Bay Area, CA
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Trip Description: 

Is America really the home of the free? With 1.8 million individuals currently in custody, the United States is the world’s leader in incarceration. California state prisons currently hold more prisoners in custody than do the prisons of France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and the Netherlands combined.

Education systems in California and across the country have been called “pathways to incarceration.” How can this harmful cycle be broken? Can education be used to keep youth and adults out of prison systems? 

In our ASB class and trip, we will dig deep into issues of the California state prison systems, the “school to prison pipeline,” the private prison industry, corrections education, and offender rehabilitation and opportunity programs. We will explore how alternative education programs in the Bay Area are working to keep youth out of prisons and how education can mitigate the negative impact of the prison system on individuals and their communities. We plan to also visit prisons in the area, including San Quentin State Prison, the oldest prison in California.

Trip Leaders
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Angad Gogia

I grew up playing roller hockey on the streets of Irvine, California, but my illustrious career came to an unfortunate end when I broke my left arm. I’m currently a junior majoring in Computer Science, and I enjoy sushi and Philly cheese steaks. However, I would have to say my favorite food is bubble tea (I love the little tapioca balls). Maddy and I were inspired to explore the role of education in incarceration while on an ASB trip last year about inequalities in the criminal justice system. At Stanford, I am a member of United Students for Veterans' Health, the Stanford Healthcare Consulting Group, and the Theta Delta Chi Fraternity. I am extremely excited for this year's ASB and can't wait to meet the members of our trip! 

Madeline Sides

I am a junior from Davis, California studying Bioengineering. I am interested in how science and technology can be used to address environmental and social issues. I can be found managing a vegetarian kitchen, taking photos for The Daily, and finding new ways to explore Northern California. Angad and I became friends in our Criminal Justice ASB last year, often over some chai teas. ASB was one of our most meaningful Stanford experiences and we hope to inspire a new group of ASB students to confront institutional injustices in American society.