Why Do So Many Children Living in Certain Zip Codes End Up in Prison?
Date:  03-18-2018

Chart shows zip codes with the highest rates of incarceration
From Nashville Public Radio:

A new study on the relationship between childhood poverty and how likely someone is to be imprisoned later contains an eyebrow-raising statistic about one Nashville neighborhood.

The Washington Post writes: In a number of Zip codes, future incarceration rates topped 10 percent. For instance, 1 in 7 children (male and female) born in North Nashville, Tenn., between 1980 and 1986 could expect to end up incarcerated on any given day in their early 30s, the highest rate in the nation among high-population Zip codes. In fact, according to a Brookings Institution analysis, 14 percent of people who grew up in the 37208 Zip code between 1980 and 1986 were incarcerated. That's three points higher than the next highest-ranked neighborhood, in Portsmith, Va. (just across the Elizabeth River from Norfolk). From Brookings:

"[The authors] find that boys who grew up in families in the bottom 10 percent of the income distribution — families earning less than about $14,000 — are 20 times more likely to be in prison on a given day in their early 30s than children born to the wealthiest families — those earning more than $143,000. The authors estimate that almost one in 10 boys born to lowest income families are incarcerated at age 30 and make up about 27 percent of prisoners at that age. Continue reading > > >