TED - Alice Goffman: How we're priming some kids for college — and others for prison

Editor: Petter Reinholdtsen
Category: Samfunn
Length: 0:16:09 (filler)
First broadcast: Aug. 19, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

In the United States, two institutions guide teenagers on the journey to adulthood: college and prison. Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood and saw first-hand how teenagers of African-American and Latino backgrounds are funneled down the path to prison — sometimes starting with relatively minor infractions. In an impassioned talk she asks, “Why are we offering only handcuffs and jail time?”

TED talk downloaded from The Internet Archive.