Hunger in the News: Child poverty, health, and criminal justice

April 25, 2016
Hunger in the News

A doctor's call for action on childhood poverty,” by Daniel R. Taylor, The Philadelphia Inquirer. “The main aim of pediatrics is prevention. Prevention of diseases, of injury, of emotional problems, of developmental and intellectual delays. Our armamentarium include vaccines; screening instruments; and guidance on development, safety, and nutrition.”

Harsh Criminal Justice Policies Hurt The Economy, White House Says,” by Julia Harte, Reuters via Huffington Post. “Longer prison sentences for non-violent criminals and crowded prisons are hurting the American economy more than they are helping it, economists in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration said in a report released on Saturday.”

This Simple Change Could End College Food Waste And Feed The Hungry,” by Carla Herreria, Huffington Post. “The time you spend in college may be among the most exciting, transformative years of your life. Unfortunately, they’re probably some of the most wasteful as well.”

The Countless Ways Poverty Affects People's Health,” by Lisa Esposito, U.S News & World Report. “Poverty's harsh effects on health start before babies are born and pile up throughout their adult lives. With stressed-filled homes, shaky nutrition, toxic environments and health-care gaps of every kind, kids in very low-income families may never catch up when it comes to their health. Below, experts spell out the strong link between poverty and illness and discuss efforts to lift people to better health.”

Why Mass Incarceration Doesn’t Pay,” by Jason Furman and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, The New York Times. “The growth in the nation’s prison population has been nothing short of staggering. The United States’ incarceration rate is now more than four times the world average, with about 2.2 million people in prisons and jails. Of those, roughly 200,000 are federal inmates, double the number from 20 years ago. This substantial increase occurred even as violent crime was falling sharply.”

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