Banning Drug Offenders From Food Stamps Ended Up Backfiring, New Study Finds

The Intercept
Jun 1, 2018 · 3 min read
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By Zaid Jilani

An often overlooked provision in the 1996 welfare reform act barred felons with drug convictions from obtaining welfare — including participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) — unless states actively waived those restrictions.

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