The Sentencing Project

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed criminal justice reform legislation that will ease reentry for people returning home from prison. Among the most notable elements of the new law is an opt out of a 23-year-old federal ban on food stamps and financial assistance for people with felony drug convictions. The change will help protect the many…

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Food Insecurity and Collateral Consequences of Punishment Amidst the COVID‐19 Pandemic

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SNAP and TANF restrictions provide a useful window into the insidious and spiteful nature of some collateral consequences of criminal convictions. U.S. Commission on Civil Rights 2019. Cynthia A. Golembeski , Ans Irfan  and Kimberly R. Dong Bipartisan governmental representatives and the public support investment in health care, housing, education, and nutrition programs, plus resources for…

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Map the Meal Gap 2020

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As of 2018, the prevalence of food insecurity in the United States finally declined to levels not seen since before the Great Recession began in 2007. However, millions of people continued to struggle. The USDA estimates that 37 million people, including more than 11 million children, in the United States were food insecure in 2018.1…

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