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Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign

In 2008, the Children’s Defense Fund’s (CDF) launched a “Cradle to Prison Pipeline® Campaign,” a national call to break a pipeline of poverty that results in the arrest, conviction, incarceration, and in some cases, death of thousands of predominantly racial-ethnic minority youth. The statistics are daunting:

  • A Black boy born in 2001 has a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison in his lifetime; a Latino boy a 1 in 6 chance; and a White boy a 1 in 17 chance.
  • A Black girl born in 2001 has a 1 in 17 chance of going to prison in her lifetime; a Latino girl a 1 in 45 chance; and a White girl a 1 in 111 chance. 

The major factors behind the Pipeline, actions to break it, and promising approaches that keep children out of the Pipeline are in CDF’s 2007 report America’s Cradle to Prison Pipeline.  

Learn more about the Campaign