How We Do Women’s Day on the Hill in Nashville

I had the good fortune of spending Women’s Day on the Hill amongst a great group of women excited about speaking to legislators regarding the issues that matter to their organizations, all targeted toward women and families. We started the day at one of the top law firms in Tennessee with Day on the Hill leadership Joyce McDaniel of the Women’s Political Collaborative and Zulfat Suara, … Continue reading How We Do Women’s Day on the Hill in Nashville

Tennessee’s Children of Incarcerated Parents; 5 Things You Need to Know

Rep. Brenda Gilmore (D) and Sen. Steve Dickerson (R) have introduced legislation (HB 0825/SB 0919) requiring courts to offer individually assessed sentencing for nonviolent offenders with children under the age of 18. The legislation arises out of research finding Tennessee exceeding most states with incarcerated custodial parents. Here’s 5 things you need to know (as published by the Free Hearts organization): 1 in 10 children … Continue reading Tennessee’s Children of Incarcerated Parents; 5 Things You Need to Know

Tennessee Ranks High in Outrageous Number of Children with Incarcerated Parent(s)

I know too many children with at least one incarcerated parent. And, unfortunately, Nashville schools are teeming with children living in situations with one or both parents in jail or prison. While MNPS has yet to capture the data identifying the number of children affected, I am told the issue is on the district’s radar. Until then, organizations like Free Hearts is determined to do something about … Continue reading Tennessee Ranks High in Outrageous Number of Children with Incarcerated Parent(s)