During 2014, state advocates achieved legislative reforms in California and Missouri to eliminate the federal ban on food stamps for persons with felony drug convictions. As documented in our report, A Lifetime of Punishment: The Impact of the Felony Drug Ban on Welfare Benefits, a provision of the 1996 welfare reform legislation passed by Congress subjects an estimated 180,000 women in the 12 most impacted states to a lifetime ban on welfare benefits.
This webinar highlighted the political and communications strategies in states that achieved recent reforms.
Jessica Bartholow, Western Center on Law and Poverty
Jeanette Mott Oxford, Missouri Association of Social Welfare
Nicole D. Porter, The Sentencing Project