Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Interrupted LifeExperiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Rickie Solinger and Rebecca Sharitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252493

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252493.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 06 July 2022

California and the Welfare and Food Stamps Ban

California and the Welfare and Food Stamps Ban

(p.377) 75 California and the Welfare and Food Stamps Ban
Interrupted Life

All of Us or None

University of California Press

California is one of seventeen states that deny welfare and food stamps for life to people who were convicted of a drug felony after August 22, 1996. As a result of this policy, more than 2,289 people in need in Alameda County who have applied for food stamps have been denied. Nationally, 30 percent of incarcerated women were receiving welfare in the month prior to their arrest, and these women are likely to require public assistance after their release. By taking away the supports that former prisoners need to make the transition from prison, the government encourages recidivism, breaks up families, and perpetuates a discriminatory system of imprisoning the poor, who are disproportionately people of color. California's drug felony exclusion policy is harmful and unnecessary. The 1996 federal welfare act allows states to opt out of the ban. The California legislature is considering a bill that would restore food stamp eligibility to people who have prior felony convictions of drug possession.

Keywords:   California, welfare, food stamps, ban, drug felony, Alameda County, incarcerated women, people of color

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.