There Isn't Any Dumpster

20 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2019

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Jill C. Engle

The Pennsylvania State University (University Park) – Penn State Law

Date Written: August 8, 2019


"Dumpster" is often linked with "fire" in current vernacular to connote chaos - crumbling infrastructure posing public safety threats due to its underfunding and poor regulation by the federal government, for example. Similarly, the phrase "dumpster fire" also seems apt to describe the state of our criminal justice system, which systematically locks up vulnerable young men of color. It could also describe the struggle public schools face today to provide students with equal access to education, despite the landmark decision Brown v. Board of Education. Unfortunately, post Brown v. Board of Education, segregation in the public school system will still exist until our government confronts its systematic bias and provides schools with the resources needed to set all students up for success.

Suggested Citation

Engle, Jill C., There Isn't Any Dumpster (August 8, 2019). Penn State Law Research Paper No. 10-2019, American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, Vol. 27, No. 127, 2019, Available at SSRN:

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