A new report by FPWA details the criminalization of poverty. The health and human services sector can disrupt the “poverty to prison pipeline” – but only by becoming aware of the key role they can play in battling poverty, according to the report.

“Although the majority of health and human services providers do not currently focus their service models to meet the complex needs of low-income and justice-involved individuals and families,” the report reads. “This sector is best positioned to provide non-punitive, client-focused, supportive services that can interrupt the Poverty to Prison Pipeline.”

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