After being exposed to the School to Prison Pipeline, a common phrase used to illustrate the police occupancy of public schools, Ribka began to focus her attention on the implications of criminalizing students at young ages. As one of the most pressing issues in the New York Public School systems, Ribka envisioned a public school system where safety is taken into the hands of the NY Education Department rather than the police department. She worked to achieve these goals by partnering with school administrations, teachers and students to brainstorm different ways in which school safety can again become the responsibility of the school.