Understanding where we come from.
Changing where we’re going.
Together we’re working to change the numbers around expulsion and incarceration for children living in 37208.
We’re dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline.
Gideon’s Army is a community-based, grassroots organization that uses restorative justice programs to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline through social activism by children, families, and the community. Our programs address school-push-out, youth violence, policing, and juvenile justice.
37208 has the highest incarceration rate of any zip code in the country.
Behind that statistic are many others about violence, school-push out and suspensions. And many socioeconomic and institutional reasons that so many of our children are ending up in the criminal justice system.
55% of murders in Nashville in 2015 were committed by people under 25. And 50% of victims were under 25.
Nashville leads the nation in youth homicides compared to similar cities.
1 in 4 children in Tennessee grow up in poverty
From not being able to concentrate due to hunger to not having the supplies to complete an assignment, poverty has a strong proven correlation with academic outcomes.