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Conversations on Food Justice: Food & Our Nation’s Carceral System

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You are invited to Share Our Strength and the Aspen Institute’s Conversations on Food Justice series, which will focus on food justice within the criminal justice system.


Our nation’s criminal justice system is deeply entrenched in food injustice that impacts the more than 2 million men and women in prison across the United States and ripples out to their children and families. Unhealthy, unsafe, and oftentimes inedible food is rampant in prisons, leading to both immediate and long-term consequences to physical and mental health. Prisoners themselves make up a crucial cog in our nation’s food and agriculture systems, with companies across the U.S. increasingly turning to prison labor for food production and leaving prisoners to face poor working conditions and wages. And the collateral consequences of incarceration—particularly when it comes to hunger and poverty—are high, even after individuals return home. With fewer resources to support returning citizens and their struggling families, children of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated parents suffer greatly.

In this session, we’ll examine a prison system that traces its roots back to slavery, and the ways in which the conditions facing people in prison — and when they return home — have significant costs when it comes to health, public safety, and human dignity. We’ll look to the people and organizations that are working to reframe the national dialogue around criminal justice, and are building food systems based on health, equity, and justice for all people.


Panelists Include:

  • Dr. Douglas Wood, Director, Criminal Justice Reform Initiative, The Aspen Institute
  • Kanav Kathuria, Founder, The Maryland Food & Prison Abolition Project
  • Sam Lewis, Executive Director, Anti-Recidivism Project
  • Leslie Soble, Senior Program Associate, Impact Justice

Wednesday, November 3rd at 12:00pm EST.
You can register for the session here: https://aspeninst.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CydG_R6hTOm_a5JTkUd_PA

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