PreSchool To Prison


Countless children are educationally lynched in the United States with labels such as emotionally disturbed and intellectually disabled, resulting in children under the age of 8 to be shuffled from school to prison for minor infractions; Meanwhile investors are cashing in on this new form of slavery with Black & brown children being disproportionately impacted the most.


Pre-school to Prison is a compelling examination of how the United States public school system is built and operated like prisons. Zero-tolerance policies are used to justify suspension and arrests that set up a pathway to send children of color and children with special needs to go from school to prison. Children are being suspended, restrained, dragged, physically manhandled, and subsequently arrested for minor offenses such as throwing candy on a school bus. These personal accounts from people affected by the school to prison pipeline give riveting tales about the generational impact on society.

  • Dr. Karen Baptiste
  • Edwin Walker
  • Dr. Karen Baptiste
  • Dr. Karen Baptiste
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  • Tiffany Vulcain
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  • Pia Johnson
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  • Joseph Nohavicka
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  • Taso Pardalis
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  • Thorin Daye
    Key Cast
  • Kafele Baruti
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Social Justice, Education, Reform, Human Rights
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 28, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Dr. Karen Baptiste

Dr. K is a visionary who can make magic and transform any space she’s in. Unabashed and resolute in her stance against injustice of any kind, she is a staunch advocate for equitable resources in the BIPOC community and special needs community. Dr. K leads with compassionate courage and has bridged her love of supporting individuals impacted by the criminal justice system and education reform through storytelling in film and media. Growing up in the Bronx and teaching in the Bronx, seeing kids drop out of school was the norm. Seeing her peers end up in prison was also a norm. Dr. K vowed to rewrite the narrative for kids in the Bronx and all other marginalized communities where resources are often deficient and drop out rates are high. In addition to creating this documentary, she was featured in Allure Magazine to discuss the importance of women’s beauty and self-image; she has also acted in the film Burden, Puppy Love, and the web series, Shiny New Things.

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