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Jamison in PUSHOUT Documentary

Dr. Monique Morris of Oakland, CA selected Judge Jamison to participate in the documentary PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in School due to her personal experiences. As a young Black girl who experienced desegregation in Southern West Virginia, she was the only Black girl in her class from the second to the sixth grade. She experienced school suspensions, isolation in the hall, sitting in front of the teacher, and being kept in from recess. Because she was the only one in the class, she felt isolated from the remainder of the girls in her community. They were in different classes, had different assignments, and she was all alone as the community was still segregated.
"It's important that Black girls complete their education to reduce the rate of girls becoming involved in criminogenic behavior," said Jamison. "It's important to change the narrative where Black girls are concerned. Black girls are adultified, over represented in all discipline categories in schools, and the resulting trauma can be crippling." Education is essential to excess and we must protect the right to equal education. Education is a civil rights issue that has taken a back-burner to sentencing reforms, criminal justice reforms, and the increase in the number of arrests in schools shows the intersection between schools and the prison pipeline. 
PUSHOUT examines the educational, judicial, and disparities in society that affect the lives of Black girls.

A Woman in the Room Productions|A film by Monique Morris and Jacoba Atlas.

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