Hunger in the News: Extreme poverty, seniors, and justice-reform bills

Hunger in the News: Immigration, mass incarceration, India, and sustainable development . Photo: Bread for the World

World Bank: ‘extreme poverty’ to fall below 10% of world population for first time,” by The Guardian. “The number of people living in extreme poverty is likely to fall for the first time below 10% of the world’s population in 2015, the World Bank said on Sunday as it revised its benchmark for measuring the problem.”

Too many senior women live in poverty,” by Encarnacion Pyle, The Columbus Dispatch. “Marjorie Myers, 68, who has final-stage emphysema and lives only on her retirement benefits, says she sometimes has to choose between medicine and food. ‘You deal with it the best you can,’ the South Linden resident said.”

Justice-Reform Bills Reflect Move Away From Mass Incarceration,” by Lauren Victoria Burke, The Root. “As the debate on criminal-justice reform continues to swing in the direction of sensible reforms, new legislation introduced in Congress Thursday continued the trend. Two big justice-reform bills offered in the House and Senate signaled that the ‘tough on crime’ era of bad policy (which may have polled well for Election Day, but filled jails) may finally be over.”

Global goals must fight the poor nutrition that kills 3 million children every year,” by Dolf te Lintelo and Nick Nisbett, The Guardian. “One of the final acts in the lengthy process of creating a new set of global sustainable development goals (SDGs) was completed last weekend when world leaders formally adopted 17 goals and 169 targets. But for those of us who seek to tackle the world’s collective failing in ensuring adequate nutrition for all, the battle is just beginning.”

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