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Leslie Soble, senior manager of the Food In Prison Project at Impact Justice, an Oakland-based criminal justice reform organization, said incarcerated people rely on canteens because many prisons don’t serve enough nutritious, appealing food, leading some incarcerated people to resort to desperate measures like stealing or trading sexual favors to get enough to eat.

‘The result is increased rates of food and nutrition insecurity in the mainly low-income, BIPOC communities that most incarcerated people come from and return to,’ Soble said in a statement. ‘This is a critical and overlooked health equity issue, with clear solutions.'”

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