What is Recidivism?

Recidivism is the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend. According to the Article posted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics: "Overall, 67.8%of the 404,638 state prisoners released in 2005 in 30 states were arrested within 3 years of release, and 76.6% were arrested within 5 years of release."

This displays a sad truth: freedom for ex-offenders is short lived a majority of the time. Farm 4 Freedom is here to help those burdened by this toxic cycle by giving them independence, confidence, community and opportunity for growth!

What is Vagrancy?

Vagrancy is the state of living as a vagrant; homelessness.
Based on the report by KnoxHMIS,there were 9,183 persons reporting to be homeless in 2019. This is a 3%increase from 2018.
Among the top 5 reasons? Affordable housing, Eviction, and loss of jobs.
The COVID Pandemic will only increase homelessness in Knoxville and around the United States. We need to figure out a way to combat the compounding affects of this unprecedented pandemic and we need to do it sooner rather than later.

This brings up anextraordinary problem: How are we going to tend to the growing need of our homeless and what options are with giving them?

What Are Food Deserts?

Food Deserts are urban areas in which it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food. Based on the article published by Twanda D. Wadlington, East Tennessee State University, 18% of the 1,497 Census tracts were considered "Food Deserts."

Increased Decarceration Is Increased Need for Reintegration

Based on the article by The Lancet Infectious Disease titled Decarceration and community re-entry in the COVID-19 era
"Jails and prisons are exceptionally susceptible to viral outbreaks, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. The USA has extremely high rates of incarceration and COVID-19 is causing an urgent health crisis in correctional facilities and detention centres. Epidemics happening in prisons are compounding the elevated risks that COVID-19 poses to people of colour, older people, and those with comorbidities. Intersectoral community re-entry efforts in the USA and other countries have shown that releasing people from correctional facilities as a pandemic-era public health intervention is safe and can support both public safety and community rebuilding. Therefore, substantial decarceration in the USA should be initiated. A point of focus for such efforts is that many people in prison are serving excessively long sentences and pose acceptable safety risks for release. Properly managed, correctional depopulation will prevent considerable COVID-19 morbidity and mortality and reduce prevailing socioeconomic and health inequities."

As the number of decarceration increases so does the need for reintegration programs. We need programs that are effective at reintegrating this population, and we believe Farm 4 Freedom holds the key.