Decriminalize Poverty in Tennessee project

Over the span of 2021, local Tennessee organizers from Free Hearts surveyed over 500 people to learn about how overcriminalization affected their lives and their communities. This narrative experience explores how poverty has been criminalized across Tennessee, what this means for people who live in communities in the state, and practical steps to build a better future.

Based on a report by the Vera Institute of Justice and Free Hearts, filled with the unique wisdom and direct experiences of over 500 Tennesseans.

Visit the project site: Decriminalize Poverty in Tennessee

Year: 2023
Resource Type:
Alternatives to Criminalisation
Courts Systems
Fees and Fines
Human Rights
Petty Offences
Pre-trial Detention
Use of Public Spaces
North America
United States
People Groups:
Children & Young People
People in Detention
Elderly People
People experiencing Homelessness or live in informal settlements
Informal Workers
LGBTQIA+ persons
People experiencing Poverty
Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)
Sex Workers
Women and Girls