The Problem


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.

1 in 4 children in Tennessee grow up in poverty

African American students make up 25% of Nashville’s student body, but account for 68% of expulsions and 58% of suspensions

African American drivers are 2x more likely to be pulled over than white drivers

50% of murder victims in Nashville in 2015 were under 25

Driving While Black

A report on racial profiling in Metro Nashville police department traffic stops

Our report shows that “driving while black” constitutes a unique series of risks, vulnerabilities, and dangers at the hands of the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) that white drivers do not experience in the same way.