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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:11 AM
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Budget-Conscious States Rethink Food Stamp Ban For Drug Felons
Budget-Conscious States Rethink Food Stamp Ban For Drug Felons

Washington, DC (April 6, 2011) -- When the landmark welfare reform law was enacted in 1996, the political rallying cry was "ending welfare as we know it." Today, a move is underway to rescind some of the law's punitive measures, such as provisions that permit states to deny welfare benefits and food stamps to people convicted of felony drug crimes.

These provisions were intended to prevent selling or trading food stamps for drugs, but widespread budget deficits and steep recidivism rates are prompting state governments that enforce the benefit bans to rethink the policy amid high unemployment and escalating prison costs. New Jersey and South Dakota are the latest states to reverse course and allow drug felons to receive public assistance.

Advocates for former felons are seizing the moment to make the case that the restrictions are counterproductive in tough economic times, and they are urging state and congressional lawmakers to remove the benefits ban. Convicted felons have difficulty getting jobs even in good economic times, and public assistance and food stamps are critical income supports during the transition from prison, the advocates say.

http://www.blacknews.com/news/states_rethink_food_stamp...
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lib2DaBone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:30 AM
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1. Ya.. let's keep flogging that war on drugs... what.. 40 years now?
.. every nanny-state politician in the USA.. all they have to do is propose "drug-testing" for some group or another.. and they become instant darlings of the media.
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hifiguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:48 AM
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2. Tens, maybe hundreds of billions
flushed down the drain, civil liberties grievously damaged, countless lives ruined, organized crime given a huge market to exploit. One of the most absurd policies ever pursued, domestically speaking, and the epitome of prison-industrial complex tyranny and asshattery.

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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:52 AM
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3. and when they cut down on law enforcement, they have an extra problem
people who cannot find work, will steal if they have to.. free food is hard to come by these days, and I don't think felons will decide to starve to death, just so they don't break the law..

It has to be cheaper to re-train people, make some work for them and pay them enough to have a roof over their heads & food in their bellies, than to incarcerate them and pay others to babysit them
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