APYREK 5 Generic chocolate sandwich cookies. Image shot 2005. Exact date unknown.

Reducing Junk Food Marketing to Children

As of January 1, 2016, Modelēz, the company behind Oreos, Ritz Crackers, and Cadbury Chocolate, will no longer advertise products directly to children under age 12. (Currently they apply nutrition standards to determine which products they market to kids.) This is a positive step towards reducing junk food marketing to children.

First, we congratulate members of the Food Marketing Workgroup—especially the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility—for their role in making this happen. Changes like this remind us that although company self-regulation is not perfect, it continues to evolve and improve as long as we keep urging companies to do better.


Mental Health and ReEntry

The Justice Center of State Governments

Individuals with mental illnesses are significantly overrepresented in corrections criminal justice settings. Prevalence estimates of serious mental illness in jails are similarly high. In a study of more than 20,000 adults entering five local jails, researchers documented serious mental illnesses in 14.5 percent of the men and 31 percent of the women, which taken together, comprises 16.9 percent of those studied—rates in excess of three to six times those found in the general population.1 Given the high rates of mental illnesses among the jail and prison populations,