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.

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