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.
Poverty and unstable home lives make it difficult for students to be on time, dressed appropriately or have the supplies they need. Hunger makes it difficult to concentrate.
And when the slightest infraction gets students written up, suspended or expelled, fewer kids graduate. Fewer go to college. Add to that disproportionate policing policies, and more of our kids end up in prison.