Mass Incarceration and Over-Policing Fact Sheet

September 21, 2016

Official title: Mass Incarceration and Over-Policing are Hunger Issues

Produced in September 2016

This fact sheet explains how mass incarceration and over-policing are related to hunger. People leaving jail or prison ("returning citizens") are one of the groups that Bread for the World recognizes as being especially vulnerable to hunger and poverty.

It provides statistics and examines the factors that contribute to hunger and poverty in this community:

  • Less access to sufficient nutritious food, safety-net protections, and housing
  • Loss of household income, lower wages, and lower earning power
  • Difficulty securing and maintaining employment
  • Added debt
  • Voting restrictions

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For Education

For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

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  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

    Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.

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  • Bread Newsletter January 2016

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For Advocacy

  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

    A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

    For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.

    Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.

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  • Health Care Is a Hunger Issue

    Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.

  • Hunger by the Numbers

    In 2016, 41.2 million people were food-insecure (most recent figures available) — meaning that they were unsure how they would provide for their next meal.