Brokenness of the Criminal Justice System Leads to Hunger and Poverty

Bread for the World is Committed to Ending Hunger and Poverty in Ways that Advance Justice
Eric Mitchell, Director of Government Relations, Bread for the World

(Washington, DC, Friday, October 7, 2016) - Bread for the World believes that our criminal justice system is broken. The evidence is growing that the system is not fair and impartial. The inequities in the system are stark and alarming. The brokenness of the criminal justice system leads to hunger and poverty. One part of the system – incarceration and its policies and practices – is a major, defined part of the system that Bread is addressing. Bread is committed to doing our part to end hunger and poverty in ways that advance justice.

People returning from incarceration face daunting re-entry challenges, and the families of prisoners often struggle to make ends meet while their loved ones are not available to provide care and income. Hunger is one bad but avoidable result of a legal and penal system that incarcerates millions, disproportionately people of color.

Leading up to the presidential debate in St. Louis, Eric discusses the problems with the criminal justice system and how it leads to hunger and poverty. Eric also discusses the solutions offered up by the candidates and how they might affect communities of color.

Bread expects presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump to act respectfully toward each other during the election season, and promote policies that provide help and opportunity for people who struggle with hunger and poverty.

Bread for the World is urging the debate moderators to ask what we are calling β€œthe hunger question,” which is: β€œIf elected, what will you do to end hunger, alleviate poverty, and create opportunity in the US and worldwide?”

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