New SNAP Paper–Promoting Successful Rehabilitation & Reentry of Ex-Drug Offenders

///New SNAP Paper–Promoting Successful Rehabilitation & Reentry of Ex-Drug Offenders
Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan

To promote the successful rehabilitation and reentry of ex-drug offenders, Texas must join the 41 states that have passed legislation eliminating or modifying the ban that prevents former drug felons from receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is a federally funded nutrition assistance program that serves over 3.5 million Texans, including nearly 2 million children, as well as working poor, disabled, and elderly adults. It is the main public program to combat hunger and provide nutritious foods for low-income families and individuals. The program has no restrictions on individuals who have committed felonies, including violent crimes and sexual offenses, with the exception of those who have committed a drug-related offense. Any individual who has been convicted of a drug-related crime since 1996 is banned from receiving SNAP for life in the state of Texas. This outdated ban is counterproductive to helping former offenders reintegrate into society, feed their families, and avoid recidivism.

You can read and download the full paper here.

At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas - a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all. CPPP is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. We dare Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families.

1 Comment

  • Excellent paper! This should be required reading for EVERY Texas lawmaker. It is amazing how in Texas the murderers and rapists get food but not the pot smoker.

    Meng 24.02.2013

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