States: Food Stamp, Welfare Bans for Drug Felons Counterproductive

States: Food Stamp, Welfare Bans for Drug Felons Counterproductive

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WASHINGTON, D. C.—When the landmark welfare reform law was enacted in 1996, the political rallying cry was “ending welfare as we know it.” Today, a move is underway to rescind some of the law’s punitive measures, such as provisions that permit states to deny welfare benefits and food stamps to people convicted of felony drug crimes.

These provisions were intended to prevent selling or trading food stamps for drugs, but widespread budget deficits and steep prison recidivism rates are prompting state governments that enforce the benefit bans to rethink the policy amid high unemployment and escalating prison costs. New Jersey and South Dakota are the latest states to reverse course and allow drug felons to receive public assistance.

Advocates for former felons are seizing the moment to make the case that the restrictions are counterproductive in tough economic times, and they are urging state and congressional lawmakers to remove the restriction.

More Commit New Crimes

Convicted felons have difficulty getting jobs even in good economic times, and public assistance and food stamps are critical income supports during the transition from prison to community living, the advocates say.

“When individuals with drug convictions are denied food stamps and cash benefits, establishing economic stability upon reentry becomes more difficult, and it becomes more likely that they may return to criminal activity and drug use instead of maintaining sobriety and obtaining gainful employment,” said Elizabeth Farid, deputy director of the Legal Action Center's National HIRE Network.

The HIRE network, an acronym for Helping Individuals with criminal records Re-enter through Employment, seeks to increase job opportunities and advocates for ending public policies and employment practices that further penalize felons, who have served their time.

Opponents of the food stamp restrictions say the ban has disproportionately affected women and people of color, who are more likely than whites to be charged and convicted for drug crimes.

Many states have opted out of the law banning drug felons from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as the food stamp program is now called, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the welfare program. Other states have modified the bans and made them less punitive. Because the federal government fully funds food stamps, allowing felons to receive them does not burden state budgets.

Ten states still have the food stamp ban. Lawmakers in three of them—West Virginia, Missouri and Delaware—have proposed legislation that would remove the ban. Eleven states maintain the TANF ban.

No Traction in Georgia

In Georgia, where the 67 percent recidivism rate is among the nation’s highest and where more than 50,000 people are in its state prison facilities, lawmakers have maintained the ban.

Democratic State Sen. Emanuel Jones, who chairs the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, introduced a bill during the last session proposing to restore eligibility for food stamp and welfare benefits for drug felons who had served their time.

“It didn’t get any traction at all,” he said, adding that he plans to introduce a measure this year proposing restoration just of food stamp benefits. Regarding its prospects, however, Jones said, “I think the chances are very slim.”

“We lock up a lot of people here, and we apparently want to keep them there,” he said, referring to the high rate of those reimprisoned after being released.

Henrie Treadwell, director of Community Voices and Men's Health Initiative at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, is optimistic that the benefits will eventually be restored for former felons. Her program works to improve access to health care and other services for those transitioning from prison.

“I serve on the Georgia Board of Corrections, and everything that I see and hear says we are moving in that direction,” said Treadwell, who is also a research professor at Morehouse’s Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine. “Our new governor has made reduction of recidivism one of his priorities. Now the question becomes how far we will go.”

Congressional Bills Fail to Move

On the national front, proponents of sentencing reforms are actively lobbying Congress to repeal the bans. Two congressional bills aimed at doing that have failed to move. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., introduced H.R. 329, which has eight cosponsors, would repeal the food stamp ban, and Rep. André Carson, D-Ind., introduced H.R. 3053, which would rescind the TANF ban, has 19 cosponsors.

“What we see all too often are restrictions that fail to promote public safety, that frequently run counter to integrating formerly incarcerated people into the community and that are based on political posturing rather than behaviorally based analysis,” Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project, testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee last June.

He also noted that the ban does not apply to people convicted of murder, armed robbery, rape or child abuse.

“This ban disproportionately affects women and children, by far the overwhelming proportion of recipients of such benefits,” Mauer said at the hearing. “The impact of the ban means that a woman returning home from prison--who may gain temporary employment but is then laid off during a recession--is left with no safety net. Further, children are essentially punished for the acts of their parents.”

Although children of felons remain eligible to receive public assistance, restrictions for felons mean that benefits decline for an entire household.

“It’s unrealistic to think that the restriction will only reduce the quality of life of the parent while maintaining the rest of the family’s overall level of comfort,” Farid says.

Texas Knee-Jerk Reaction

Celia Cole, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin, Texas, has been working on this issue since 1999. During that time, six bills proposing that food stamp benefits be provided to ex-felons were introduced and died in the state legislature.

With state reintegration programs for former inmates being cut for budgetary reasons, Cole said she hopes that budget-conscious lawmakers will give new legislation a better reception.

“Our position has always been that food assistance is critical to successful reintegration into society,” she says. “We see being able to feed themselves as way to being able to rebuild their lives.”
But Texas lawmakers, and those in other politically conservative states that support the restrictions, tend to take a dim view of entitlement programs and an even dimmer view of criminals.

“We’re a pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstrap state, so there’s limited support for food stamps to begin with,” Cole says. “There’s also this knee-jerk reaction to people with felony drug convictions. Lawmakers don’t want to appear soft on crime.”

Outraged lawmakers originally pushed for the lifetime ban because some food stamp recipients, though not the majority, traded stamps for drugs or sold them to obtain money for drugs. But food stamp benefits are now distributed electronically and accessed with a debit card that makes selling or trading benefits more difficult.

Unlike old food stamp coupon books, the electronic cards can be traced, leading to substantially less fraud and abuse nationally. In 2008, for example, Texas reported no instances of food stamp fraud, Cole explained.

“Who are we to say, ‘You made a mistake. You paid your debt to society. We’re letting you reenter society, but you can’t eat,” she asked? “It doesn’t make sense.”

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Anonymous

Posted Apr 11 2011

Can Food Stamp aplication be mail or email to me?

Debbie Jackson
335 Wade Kelly Rd.
Blythewood, Sc 29016

Anonymous

Posted Apr 12 2011

I guess some people will always be a burden to society either by welfare or incarceration. Either way the tax payers lose.

Anonymous

Posted Jun 12 2011

i agree that these ban are counter productive to felons that have proven themselves

Anonymous

Posted Aug 22 2011

If you have paid your debt to siciety then why does the government have the right to continue to discriminates against those who made previous mistakes. Especially they are not habitual or repeat offenders. But you can kill, rape, kidnap, assult, or rob and you are more worthy to eat than someone who used drugs in there past?? How can this be justified? What if this person has learned from their mistakes paid their bebt, and has turned their lives around but needs help at one time or another, what if they have children or a family that they are trying to feed... now who is being punished. most of these people have worked and paid taxes to the very government that is prohibiting asnd preventing them the ability to get a meal without starving. Oh we can take you money but do not ask us for any help when you are starving so guess what they will go back out and sell drugs or etc to get the money to pay for the food they need for their families etc. WOW we really sovlved a problem there!!!! Shame on you Georgia politicians who feel this is justified and a correct policy. I am telling you now before I let my children starve hell yeah I'll sell crack on the street if I have too and I feel Mr. Governor if you had no other choice you would too!!!

Anonymous

Posted Aug 29 2011

My wife had a drug conviction after 1996. She did her time and has since gotten her Associates, Bachelors and Masters degree and is currently going for her MBA. Now, I am in school as well and I have a full time job that barely pay's the rent so we applied for food stamps here in Texas. Of course they said I make too much money ($26.00 too much) and my wife is not eligible. People say that once you have done your time your sentence is over. Yet for LIFE she is banned from certain benefits or help from most states because she made a mistake several years ago. She has not been around or will ever be around drugs again, she has given 110% to changing her life and has done so, yet she is still punished for something she did when she was young and ignorant. I am so tired of these people that say that these people are a burden on society. That the tax payers pat for them to help them get back on their feet. If that is the case then these same people that say that should want all state and federal aid stopped. God help these same people that say these things that may need help in the case of fire or some natural disaster. FEMA should turn their back on these people as well then I guess. They made a mistake people, have you never made a mistake?

Anonymous

Posted Aug 29 2011

My wife had a drug conviction after 1996. She did her time and has since gotten her Associates, Bachelors and Masters degree and is currently going for her MBA. Now, I am in school as well and I have a full time job that barely pay's the rent so we applied for food stamps here in Texas. Of course they said I make too much money ($26.00 too much) and my wife is not eligible. People say that once you have done your time your sentence is over. Yet for LIFE she is banned from certain benefits or help from most states because she made a mistake several years ago. She has not been around or will ever be around drugs again, she has given 110% to changing her life and has done so, yet she is still punished for something she did when she was young and ignorant. I am so tired of these people that say that these people are a burden on society. That the tax payers pat for them to help them get back on their feet. If that is the case then these same people that say that should want all state and federal aid stopped. God help these same people that say these things that may need help in the case of fire or some natural disaster. FEMA should turn their back on these people as well then I guess. They made a mistake people, have you never made a mistake?

Anonymous

Posted Aug 29 2011

whos to say that a person convicted of drug possession was using drugs themselves?? they may have had to sell drugs to provide food for their family to eat! althought that isnt my case! i was convicted of possession in 2006 served 3 years for possession of residue not even an amount of any drug just a trace. anyway since my release i have been clean 3 years tomorrow i have a full time job at minimum wage, which doesn pay the bills & keep food in my childrens mouths!! thank God m grandparent help me but im 29 they wont b around 4ever!! i have done my time for my crime why must i keep suffering! i am a CLEAN DRUG FREE productive tax paying citizen!!!!!!! why am i any less of person in need than a rapist, muderer, child abuser or criminal!! people make mistakes does that mean my family deserves to go hungry!!!????

Anonymous

Posted Sep 4 2011

I agree with most of the statements made here with-in, I was convicted of possesion in 1997 and have paid for it ever since, I was told that when I went to prison that was my sentence, but I still have to pay the rest of my life for what I done in the past, It makes no sense to me that when you put a person in prison, release them and don't want to help them get on their feet. After release, I was told that I could not get any federally funded help, college, foodstamps, ect. , how on earth am I supposed to go to college, get a federal loan for a business or anything else, it's no wonder that people who did sell drugs continue to do so after the government turned their back on them and me, we put these people in congress, what was we thinking, we need to take our country back from the government and quit letting these states use the federal blanketing laws which allow the states to decide for themselves, and become one nation under god as it was meant to be, I was in a lawyers office not so long ago, and his entire wall was covered with law books, so I asked him, so how did 10 commandments and the constitution turn into all of those books, he had no reply, quite using words to define everything in what suites the government, it's pretty simple. If anyone reads this that has some input or would like to speak to me, I would be more than willing to help change by speaking out publicly to stop this outrageous and wrongfull doing. email is tonkaa28@hotmail.com, I am also studying for my Phd. in Phycology so lets do this.

Anonymous

Posted Sep 15 2011

Texas needs to modify this BAN.
Single mother of 2 children with a Felony possession of marijuana charge back in 08'
Ex-Husband had additional drug charges after 08' and was sentenced to 5 yrs in prison. He has 3 yrs left now. The Ex-Ex husband was an illegal and deported back to his country. Obviously I do not have any financial support. I can not get TANF payments for my children, I make too much money.. I work full-time and go to school! I can not go to a food pantry because it is during my work schedule, I have had to request 2 hours off to go to food pantry and get EXPIRED food! I am more than willing to take a drug test! Either modify to have drug screenings, or BAN every FELON from assistance. (Murders, Rapist)

Anonymous

Posted Sep 24 2011

we beez peopls to and we needz wewfar, crackas alwaz complainin theyz gotta pay fow us Niggaz . Iz a sheboon from deetoit an Iz got five babeez to five differnt bruvaz, and I needz to feed them. to be messin wiff our wewfar now.....I use my ADC for my Colt 45 andd my smokes, leaves alittle for the babeez, but thats awrite......

Anonymous

Posted Sep 24 2011

we beez peopls to and we needz wewfar, crackas alwaz complainin theyz gotta pay fow us Niggaz . Iz a sheboon from deetoit an Iz got five babeez to five differnt bruvaz, and I needz to feed them. to be messin wiff our wewfar now.....I use my ADC for my Colt 45 andd my smokes, leaves alittle for the babeez, but thats awrite......

Anonymous

Posted Oct 19 2011

I am a convicted felon of drug charges...but i am a single mother of two....i work full-time n im currently enrolled in school fulll-time. but i cant recieve foodstamps living in the state of north carolina. my charge is is 10 yrs old. i really thought thats what welfare assistance was for. those who need help in a time of need to do better for their selfs. So pretty much i cant eat because i made a mistake in my life, but the rapist or the child milester can. it woks against those who wanna do better for their selfs its almost as if you have to get back on the streets and sell some more drugs just to survive....please advise....

Audrey

Posted Oct 22 2011

How can the government be allowed to discriminate in such a way that it keeps a human being from being able to obtain food? It is their fault for the recession and in some states they already make it next to impossible to even change your life around. But there are a million people that do it even against all the odds everyday. Once you have done a crime and paid your dues it should be said and done unless you are a repeat offender however this is not the case! I made 1 mistake in my life i did drugs because the loss of my mother was more then i could handle. I got caught i did 4 years probation 360 days of community service, completed drug classes, and go figure worked my 40 hour a week job and continued to pay taxes! 11 years have passed and everyday since has been one nightmare after another there is no forgiveness, there is only hell and misery around every being of life did i continue with out further trouble i did!!! But not because i was forgiven or given a chance because I wasnt going to let the constant prosecution define my life. But I'm 49 now with a teenage daughter to care for and unable to work because of health problems and for that i suffer even more I can not receive fs. I have worked since i was 16years old paid taxes in state in which i live good o'l arizona! And can get no help!!! because i drowned my sorrows in drugs! Ya lady you say what you will but there are plenty of people out there that have moved on and if there werent so many ignorant people out there that classified everyone in the same catorgory there would be a whole lot less people sucking up our tax dollars that are sitting in jail! Ignorance is bliss though as well have all seen it is only going to get worse believe that good day!!

Audrey

Posted Oct 22 2011

How can the government be allowed to discriminate in such a way that it keeps a human being from being able to obtain food? It is their fault for the recession and in some states they already make it next to impossible to even change your life around. But there are a million people that do it even against all the odds everyday. Once you have done a crime and paid your dues it should be said and done unless you are a repeat offender however this is not the case! I made 1 mistake in my life i did drugs because the loss of my mother was more then i could handle. I got caught i did 4 years probation 360 days of community service, completed drug classes, and go figure worked my 40 hour a week job and continued to pay taxes! 11 years have passed and everyday since has been one nightmare after another there is no forgiveness, there is only hell and misery around every being of life did i continue with out further trouble i did!!! But not because i was forgiven or given a chance because I wasnt going to let the constant prosecution define my life. But I'm 49 now with a teenage daughter to care for and unable to work because of health problems and for that i suffer even more I can not receive fs. I have worked since i was 16years old paid taxes in state in which i live good o'l arizona! And can get no help!!! because i drowned my sorrows in drugs! Ya lady you say what you will but there are plenty of people out there that have moved on and if there weren't so many ignorant people out there that classified everyone in the same category there would be a whole lot less people sucking up our tax dollars that are sitting in jail! Ignorance is bliss though as well have all seen it is only going to get worse believe that good day!! One more small observation,while im not allowed to eat we continue to feed oh what more then a million im sure convicted drug felons everyday they sit in jail be it their first time or their whole life ! Not to mention killers,rapers,robbers,and every other thing they have decided is worthy of a felony! Am I the only person who doesn't see the reasoning here at all? Do you think that people are still not doing the very same thing where FS are concerned ? There are plenty of people out there that have misused the system. Lied to get FOOD STAMPS as well as other funds and or misused those funds and even those people are allowed to receive benefits again. Duh unbelievable . But change your life and get help haha then we all have the nerve to wonder why the U.S. is going to hell what a joke!!

Audrey

Posted Oct 22 2011

How can the government be allowed to discriminate in such a way that it keeps a human being from being able to obtain food? It is their fault for the recession and in some states they already make it next to impossible to even change your life around. But there are a million people that do it even against all the odds everyday. Once you have done a crime and paid your dues it should be said and done unless you are a repeat offender however this is not the case! I made 1 mistake in my life i did drugs because the loss of my mother was more then i could handle. I got caught i did 4 years probation 360 days of community service, completed drug classes, and go figure worked my 40 hour a week job and continued to pay taxes! 11 years have passed and everyday since has been one nightmare after another there is no forgiveness, there is only hell and misery around every being of life did i continue with out further trouble i did!!! But not because i was forgiven or given a chance because I wasnt going to let the constant prosecution define my life. But I'm 49 now with a teenage daughter to care for and unable to work because of health problems and for that i suffer even more I can not receive fs. I have worked since i was 16years old paid taxes in state in which i live good o'l arizona! And can get no help!!! because i drowned my sorrows in drugs! Ya lady you say what you will but there are plenty of people out there that have moved on and if there weren't so many ignorant people out there that classified everyone in the same category there would be a whole lot less people sucking up our tax dollars that are sitting in jail! Ignorance is bliss though as well have all seen it is only going to get worse believe that good day!! One more small observation,while im not allowed to eat we continue to feed oh what more then a million im sure convicted drug felons everyday they sit in jail be it their first time or their whole life ! Not to mention killers,rapers,robbers,and every other thing they have decided is worthy of a felony! Am I the only person who doesn't see the reasoning here at all? Do you think that people are still not doing the very same thing where FS are concerned ? There are plenty of people out there that have misused the system. Lied to get FOOD STAMPS as well as other funds and or misused those funds and even those people are allowed to receive benefits again. Duh unbelievable . But change your life and get help haha then we all have the nerve to wonder why the U.S. is going to hell what a joke!!

Audrey

Posted Oct 22 2011

How can the government be allowed to discriminate in such a way that it keeps a human being from being able to obtain food? It is their fault for the recession? In some states they already make it next to impossible to even change your life around. But there are a million people that do it even against all the odds everyday.
Once you have done a crime and paid your dues it should be said and done unless you are a repeat offender however this is not the case!
I made 1 mistake in my life i did drugs because the loss of my mother was more then i could handle.
I got caught i did 4 years probation 360 days of community service, completed drug classes, and go figure worked my 40 hour a week job and continued to pay taxes!
11 years have passed and everyday since has been one nightmare after another there is no forgiveness, there is only hell and misery around every being of life did i continue with out further trouble i did!!!
But not because i was forgiven or given a chance because I wasn't going to let the constant prosecution define my life.
But I'm 49 now with a teenage daughter to care for and unable to work because of health problems and for that i suffer even more I can not receive FOOD STAMPS.
I have worked since i was 16years old paid taxes in state in which i live good o'l arizona! And can get no help!!! because i drowned my sorrows in drugs!
Ya lady you say what you will, but there are plenty of people out there that have moved on and if there weren't so many ignorant people out there that classified everyone in the same category there would be a whole lot less people sucking up our tax dollars that are sitting in jail! Ignorance is bliss though as we have all seen. it is only going to get worse believe that!
One more small observation,while i'm not allowed to eat we continue to feed oh what more then a million i'm sure convicted drug felons everyday they sit in jail be it their first time or their whole life ! Not to mention killers,rapers,robbers,and every other thing they have decided is worthy of a felony! Am I the only person who doesn't see the reasoning here at all?
Do you think that people are still not doing the very same thing where FOOD STAMPS are concerned? There are plenty of people out there that have misused the system.
Lied to get FOOD STAMPS as well as other funds and or misused those funds and even those people are allowed to receive benefits again. Duh unbelievable . But change your life and get help haha then we all have the nerve to wonder why the U.S. is going to hell what a joke!!

Audrey

Posted Oct 22 2011

How can the government be allowed to discriminate in such a way that it keeps a human being from being able to obtain food? It is their fault for the recession? In some states they already make it next to impossible to even change your life around. But there are a million people that do it even against all the odds everyday.
Once you have done a crime and paid your dues it should be said and done unless you are a repeat offender however this is not the case!
I made 1 mistake in my life i did drugs because the loss of my mother was more then i could handle.
I got caught i did 4 years probation 360 days of community service, completed drug classes, and go figure worked my 40 hour a week job and continued to pay taxes!
11 years have passed and everyday since has been one nightmare after another there is no forgiveness, there is only hell and misery around every being of life did i continue with out further trouble i did!!!
But not because i was forgiven or given a chance because I wasn't going to let the constant prosecution define my life.
But I'm 49 now with a teenage daughter to care for and unable to work because of health problems and for that i suffer even more I can not receive FOOD STAMPS.
I have worked since i was 16years old paid taxes in state in which i live good o'l arizona! And can get no help!!! because i drowned my sorrows in drugs!
Ya lady you say what you will, but there are plenty of people out there that have moved on and if there weren't so many ignorant people out there that classified everyone in the same category there would be a whole lot less people sucking up our tax dollars that are sitting in jail! Ignorance is bliss though as we have all seen. it is only going to get worse believe that!
One more small observation,while i'm not allowed to eat we continue to feed oh what more then a million i'm sure convicted drug felons everyday they sit in jail be it their first time or their whole life ! Not to mention killers,rapers,robbers,and every other thing they have decided is worthy of a felony! Am I the only person who doesn't see the reasoning here at all?
Do you think that people are still not doing the very same thing where FOOD STAMPS are concerned? There are plenty of people out there that have misused the system.
Lied to get FOOD STAMPS as well as other funds and or misused those funds and even those people are allowed to receive benefits again. Duh unbelievable . But change your life and get help haha then we all have the nerve to wonder why the U.S. is going to hell what a joke!!

Anonymous

Posted Oct 26 2011

Texas let felon have food stamp

Anonymous

Posted Oct 26 2011

Texas let felon have food stamp

Anonymous

Posted Oct 27 2011

I was busted for a lighter that had the silver part removed, as a crack lighter. Paraphernalia charge. 3 years in TDCJ 15 years ago(Sept. 26, 2006) I have been clean ever since...But need foodstamps. I pay taxes. Why can't I receive help[ from the government I pay taxes to? If I am to be exempted from receiving help, I should also be exempted from paying taxes!

Anonymous

Posted Nov 2 2011

I in new jersey what is the statute? So that i may properly address my concerns with my social worker

Anonymous

Posted Nov 7 2011

Will south Carolina, help people with felony charges with government help

Anonymous

Posted Nov 7 2011

Will south Carolina, help people with felony charges with government help

Anonymous

Posted Nov 26 2011

It absolutely amazes me how society is. I used to be a worthless drug addict, but I have been clean now for 5 years. In that 5 years I have obtained an associates degree to make a better life for myself and kids. I can't get a job because of my 15 year old felony. Society needs to get a clue and accept that people change or this world will never get better!

Anonymous

Posted Nov 30 2011

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Anonymous

Posted Dec 9 2011

are there laws for gun felons on foodstamps

Anonymous

Posted Dec 11 2011

It just does not make sense when ex federal prisoner is insured by federal bonding to help them get jobs etc.

Anonymous

Posted Dec 20 2011

My name is bobby johnson.itried for food stamps.i have not had a felony or even speeding ticket since 2003 and got denied .no wonder people go back to prison.im gonna eat .i,ve been clean since conviction. .if i dont eat soon im gonna go back to my old ways.guess i,ll just take what i want.so the government can kiss my ass.i tried to do the rite thing .now im hungry.and im gonna eat and others like me is gonna eat.this law needs to change. so if u rape,molest, and kill u get help.but crackheads rite statements on me u turn your back on me.god help you. i want be hungry by morning. my number is 336 710 7880

Anonymous

Posted Dec 20 2011

My name is bobby johnson.itried for food stamps.i have not had a felony or even speeding ticket since 2003 and got denied .no wonder people go back to prison.im gonna eat .i,ve been clean since conviction. .if i dont eat soon im gonna go back to my old ways.guess i,ll just take what i want.so the government can kiss my ass.i tried to do the rite thing .now im hungry.and im gonna eat and others like me is gonna eat.this law needs to change. so if u rape,molest, and kill u get help.but crackheads rite statements on me u turn your back on me.god help you. i want be hungry by morning. my number is 336 710 7880

Anonymous

Posted Dec 22 2011

i think that it dont make any sence,i am a female that payed my debt and hvae a drug charge,its not right at all.i dont understand,someone rape a child and be rewarded with anything the gov. has to offer.how u know that some mothers are not trading there kids to a rapest for there food stamp card? u pay your debt for the crime u did and the gov. tell u that it will be easy for to get a job because they have come up with a program (FEDERAL BONDING) to cover feloins,well that dont help either.jobs look at u like what ever.god plese help this nation.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 20 2012

im a convicted drug felon .I have paid my debt to society i have been free from drugs alcohol and nicotine for the past 6 yrs and no trouble since 2002.im on disability for a number of medical issues and of course i live on a fixed income.I desperately need food stamp assistance.its a bunch of crap because i know some convicted drug felons thats still receiving aid from the snap program.its a very unfair peice of legislation.we need new law makers.

Anonymous

Posted Jan 21 2012

My wife and I are having tthis issue... I am on probation 4 yrs deferred for assault on a police officer during a DWI stop.. Unfortunately cop beat me ie violated my civil liberties(I'm ex military US army Infantry).. Guess they want me to become a full blown criminal.. I'm nearly ready to go that way.. A felony certainly fucks your life up.. I'm 47 and can't get it removed for 11 yrs.. Think employers arent biased you'd b wrong.. I have an assoc in electronics and worked that field nearly 10 yrs.. Now i work crap jobs when i dont have medical issues ie can barely walk due to foot injury from type 2 diabetes and gangrene.. I was the bread winner.. Now they seem to want me to go full Joker on em; think batman movies. Gas is cheap.. Anarchy is lookin better by the day.. The Ruling elite oligarchy is gonna fall as well as their police state.. 2012 is here... lol

Anonymous

Posted Jan 23 2012

I am in sc. I was convicted of traffiking meth. because my exhusband had drugs on him when we wwwere riding down the road. I did two years in prison and because I was pregnant at the time, I had to sign temp custody over of my daughter. Upon release, I had.to complete drug classes, my GED, get a job, pay SC $30,000 and complete my parole in five years. I have a job, been working the same place for three years only getting paid min wage. Cant find another job b/c of felony. I have completed my drug classes. I got my daughter my first day out. I paid fory divorce. Have had another child. Paid $19,000 so far and I was released dec 2008. I dont recieve child support for my daughter because south carolina didnt pursue my ex. My lawyer said.i would have to take hom back to court to try again I NEED THOSE FOOD STAMPS. I BUST MY BUTT WORKING SIXTY HOURS A WEEK AND STILL CANT VE SECURE. I DONT LIVE IN GOV. HOUSING I DONT WANT A CHECK I NEED THE FOOD STAMPS SO I DONT HAVE TO STRESS ABOUT IT. CRACKHEADS ALL O ER GET THEM WHO,SELL THEM FOR A ROCK I UNDERSTAND THEM NOT GETTING THEM, BUT WHAT ABOUT EVERYONE WHP REALLY NEEDS THEM WHO PAY TAXES

Anonymous

Posted Feb 1 2012

This is ridiculous! Where are the signs and people on the streets to fight this crazy abandonment from our own people? I will stand with them. My man and I are struggling out here. Do not have enough money for bread because we need a roof over our heads instead! Grant it he did his mistakes in the past and now trying to have a better life. Regardless of other peoples mistakes allot of people suffer along with them. How can we be so blind not to see that? That's right!! I never thought about the criminals paying tax money either. They work hard to survive and give the country some of their money because that is what we are suppose to do. In return our country refuses even to help is just pure insanity and cruel. What kind of country is this when we punish everyone for others mistakes? It blows my mind.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 1 2012

This is ridiculous! Where are the signs and people on the streets to fight this crazy abandonment from our own people? I will stand with them. My man and I are struggling out here. Do not have enough money for bread because we need a roof over our heads instead! Grant it he did his mistakes in the past and now trying to have a better life. Regardless of other peoples mistakes allot of people suffer along with them. How can we be so blind not to see that? That's right!! I never thought about the criminals paying tax money either. They work hard to survive and give the country some of their money because that is what we are suppose to do. In return our country refuses even to help is just pure insanity and cruel. What kind of country is this when we punish everyone for others mistakes? It blows my mind.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 24 2012

I have recently been released after serving 15 years for a drug crime. I am past the age of 65 years old. I cant find a job and am forced to live on my social security .Three fourths of which is paid for rent ,bus pass,phone .After wards I have One hundred dollars left to buy food,and hygene, soap ,toliet paper.I am forced to go to goverment programs such as drug rehab.Plus pay parole officer for the privalege of being a free man.Often times I have to choose between going hungry or going back to the joint.Sometimes I go to soup lines with the homeless. I think in prison at least I never went hungry.Ive paid my pound of flesh for my misstakes. When does it ever end.

Anonymous

Posted Feb 26 2012

just because children may be victims of parents of crimes, what about the person with no dependents and is struggling to make ends meet, has a clean record and is denied any welfare assistance. Something is wrong with this picture!!!!! What about the persons receiving welfare assistance buys groceries for exchange of money, claims an extra child, has a full time job and does not report the increase in income because they will get less food stamps. Also what is the father is in the picture and does not pay child support so the guardian of his childrem gets more food stamp amounts and housing. What about whenm these people get thousands of dollars of income tax return and does not report that income for that month. This is fraud and cheating the system!!!!!! You law makers are not looking in the right corners. There should be fraud checks om these recipents!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous

Posted Feb 27 2012

I was convicted of a Felony in Arizona for .2gr of pot. I am all so disabled permanently and get SSD.I am in the prose's of a Hearing to contest it.I pay sales tax very time I perches something in the state. I see this is taxation without representation And double jeopardy!!!!!!! The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. This is a recurrence of the sentence i already complied and complected.It is all so not a federal felony it was fabricated by state legislation .My defense was medical ant religious.Now Arizona has medical pot and they still denied Me?

Anonymous

Posted Feb 27 2012

I was convicted of a Felony in Arizona for .2gr of pot. I am all so disabled permanently and get SSD.I am in the prose's of a Hearing to contest it.I pay sales tax very time I perches something in the state. I see this is taxation without representation And double jeopardy!!!!!!! The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. This is a recurrence of the sentence i already complied and complected.It is all so not a federal felony it was fabricated by state legislation .My defense was medical ant religious.Now Arizona has medical pot and they still denied Me?

Anonymous

Posted Feb 27 2012

I was convicted of a Felony in Arizona for .2gr of pot. I am all so disabled permanently and get SSD.I am in the prose's of a Hearing to contest it.I pay sales tax very time I perches something in the state. I see this is taxation without representation And double jeopardy!!!!!!! The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. This is a recurrence of the sentence i already complied and complected.It is all so not a federal felony it was fabricated by state legislation. My defense was medical ant religious.Now Arizona has medical pot and they still denied Me?

Cactidan

Posted Feb 27 2012

I was convicted of a Felony in Arizona for .2gr of pot. I am all so disabled permanently and get SSD.I am in the prose's of a Hearing to contest it.I pay sales tax very time I perches something in the state. I see this is taxation without representation And double jeopardy!!!!!!! The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. This is a recurrence of the sentence i already complied and complected.It is all so not a federal felony it was fabricated by state legislation. My defense was medical ant religious.Now Arizona has medical pot and they still denied Me?

Anonymous

Posted Mar 1 2012

The thing is that some people actually do change , my husband is a felon and he did his time and has done great now for 4 years , we moved to another state recently and we are told he can't be on the foodstamp casewith me and our kids and we are really struggling , he did what he had to do to stay out of trouble , paid his fines and has been on the track for years so I don't get why he is still being look down on for the pastits rediculous , I think they should do drug tests before letting them on welfare but its not right to punish people who have changed

Anonymous

Posted Mar 6 2012

this is an ongoing problem that needs to be addressed. There are many single mothers unable to provide food for their children due to a poor choice made years prior. But the pedophiles, rapists, murders, ones who prey on elderly or disabled get their support each month. We as Americans need to tell our Senators and Congressmen that we are SICK AND TIRED of it and we aren't going TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!

Anonymous

Posted Mar 6 2012

this is a disgrace to the American public. A country that has a conscience wants to go what us right on the global scale but has mothers who cannot feed their children due to a poor choice they made in the past. We as a society MUST stand for something or we will fall for ANYTHING. We need to calls and write our Senators and Congressmen and tell them they need to make the change NOW.

this is an election year and this IS the time for us to demand "JUSTICE BE SERVED". Pedophiles, rapists, murderers, ones who prey on elderly and disabled can get their support monthly. But a mother who got busted as a young foolish girl cannot feed her children. How can anybody say that's weight???

Eric C.

Posted Mar 6 2012

it is time for uses the GREAT NATION that we are, to tell our Senators and Congressmen today in an election year. That this MUST be changed. Pedophiles, rapists, murderers and those who prey on the elderly and disabled can monthly get food. A mother who is a single parent who made poor choices years ago cannot feed her children. A husband who has seen the wrong, the hurt and pain that he caused when being sent to prison. Has actually REPENTED which means "changing direction" cannot feed his family that he just recently was able to join thru the judicial system. We must UNITE come together, get in the phones to our Senators and Congressmen and tell them to change the law.

you can sit on your butts and wring your hands saying isn't this awful or you can get onbthe telephones make some calls, make some noise and make some changes.

Anonymous

Posted Mar 7 2012

felon or not a person with lack of money is still a person and still has to eat and pay bills too. Places say they want felons to be productive and responble citizens. Well kicking someone when their down so to speak & not helping those in need ... I wouldn't want to be anything like that!!!!

Anonymous

Posted Mar 7 2012

felon or not a person with lack of money is still a person and still has to eat and pay bills too. Places say they want felons to be productive and responble citizens. Well kicking someone when their down so to speak & not helping those in need ... I wouldn't want to be anything like that!!!!

Anonymous

Posted Mar 20 2012

I live in norfolk,va and I am ex-drug felon. I was charged in 1999,since then my health has got worse. I am now totally disabled and on a fixed income. I feel that people like me should be given a second chance to recieve food stamps. Hopefully the laws will change; because people like me need food stamps. Laverne Baker Norfolk,Va 747 Reservoir ave 23504

Anonymous

Posted Mar 28 2012

I would like to add that if you have been found guilty of trading food stamps for drugs but not convicted of a drug felony you are still elligable to get food stamps after a penalty period.
Also, how can we make drug abuse which is a disease into a criminal charge?

Anonymous

Posted Apr 13 2012

I have two children who got in trouble with drugs while they were in their late teens. They both now have served their time and want to turn their lives around, but because of their drug felony charges, they can,t get food, jobs or a place to live. It has now fallen on my shoulders to feed, house, and take care of my grandchild all with no help at all. I did the very best i could raising my children. I barely get by myself and if any of us get sick, then we can just forget seeing a doctor. I am being punished right along with my kids. I pray that the state of texas will allow people who have made dumb mistakes out of pure inmaturity the opportunity to turn their lives around so they can have any future at all, other than resorting to illegal means to survive. I am quite sure that every person alive made some not so smart choices when they were young and inmature. They just did,nt get caught. No one on this earth is without flaws, but we need to learn to forgive and stop punishing these exoffenders families. At this rate, they should just release them from jail after they have served there time and tell them that there is no hope for them and give them a lethal medication to go ahead and end their life. This absolutly makes no sense to me. What would Jesus do?

Anonymous

Posted Apr 13 2012

I have two children who got in trouble with drugs while they were in their late teens. They both now have served their time and want to turn their lives around, but because of their drug felony charges, they can,t get food, jobs or a place to live. It has now fallen on my shoulders to feed, house, and take care of my grandchild all with no help at all. I did the very best i could raising my children. I barely get by myself and if any of us get sick, then we can just forget seeing a doctor. I am being punished right along with my kids. I pray that the state of texas will allow people who have made dumb mistakes out of pure inmaturity the opportunity to turn their lives around so they can have any future at all, other than resorting to illegal means to survive. I am quite sure that every person alive made some not so smart choices when they were young and inmature. They just did,nt get caught. No one on this earth is without flaws, but we need to learn to forgive and stop punishing these exoffenders families. At this rate, they should just release them from jail after they have served there time and tell them that there is no hope for them and give them a lethal medication to go ahead and end their life. This absolutly makes no sense to me. What would Jesus do?

Anonymous

Posted Apr 22 2012

I am a recovered meth addict July 5 will be 6 years sober. When I came home from prison I didn't have any trouble finding a job but after awhile working and about 6 months into getting my kids back I was laid off! I was terrified I went a applied for food stamps for me and my kids of course the great state of Alabama only allows the kids to receive food stamps so instead of a family of 3 it was a family of 2. About 200 for the month very sad. But God has blessed me with a great job and wonderful friends. I still have a problem with people that kill others and rape write bad checks and Child Molesters and also people that commit arm robbery well let's just say very felon but a drug felon can receive food stamp assestents. This is very sad! I hope these people at state levels realize that we are not stupid I have recieved my voting rights back and guess what I have one big mouth I'm going to make sure very felon applies for there voting rights cause something has to change! What is going to happen when I get 67 and my SSI isn't enough are they going to let a old lady starve???? Hey I have paied taxes and I'm clean when the time comes and I need it I deserve it! No I pay taxes for rapist and every other felon to live comfortable! Being someone that has been raped I find this country really sick but I have just sent my son off to the Army to fight for this country! Please God help these people!

Anonymous

Posted Apr 22 2012

Please anyone on there that ihas a drug felon contact your states board of pardons and parole and apply for your voting rights do it now it is election year this law will not change if we don't help it change

Anonymous

Posted Apr 22 2012

Anyone that may need help applying for voting right my number is 256-702-0210 my name is Wendy Hamilton

Anonymous

Posted Apr 23 2012

I was very upset learning that felons could not recieve food stamps when released from prison. Single moms who went to prison an did their time an grandparents having to take care of their children while the mom is gone is a stuggle. Once the mom is released an no jobs to be found that still puts a strain on grand parents who live off SSI to feed the mom an children. i think it is stupid an wrong not to let felons get foodstamps just because of a drug charge. I think ONLY way you should not is if your convicted of a charge of seeling or trading foodstamps THIS LAW NEEDS TO CHANGE WHY NOT LET PEOPLE FEED THEIR KIDS

Anonymous

Posted Apr 23 2012

I am a woman that is faced with this issue presently. As if its not hard enough raising my two children with a prior drug felony, there are times when i have to choose between the light bill or food. I work everyday but my income doesnt provide enough to pay bills and eat. I get so angry when my children ask for a special treat at the grocery store but yet there's not enough. It has been 10 years almost since my conviction. I have never sold or traded food stamps for drugs. I simply want to be given the same as any other family with equal income. I am prepared to make a difference if given the opportunity

Anonymous

Posted Apr 30 2012

i was just denied foodstamps for my 3 year old daughter b/c i have a brug charge from 10 years ago when i was 18 i think it is not right and i should have got to far chance..

Anonymous

Posted May 20 2012

Lol I'm a convicted drug felon !!! I have never qualified for assistance but what gets me is if ihad abused, raped , attacked etc I would qualify ....don't understand the reasoning

Anonymous

Posted May 23 2012

I am the wife of a man who had a drug felony more than 10 years ago. We were very young and were took in by the legal system. He pled quilty to more than he was guilty of to avoid a trial that we could not afford in order to support his family. Little did we know that this would have an impact on our family the rest of our lives. He cannot get a job in todays society because of this and has resorted to self employment. He is ineligible for food stamps because of this as well. I work 2 part time jobs sometimes 7 days a week just to help support my family. Do they honestly think that it will not affect the spouse and children. My children have suffered because we cannot get food stamps. I feel like that if a person has paid their dues whatever was sentenced by the court then it should be over. My husband paid the price of the lawyer paid the probation fees took all the drug tests etc.. Rapists child molesters and abusers are all eligible for foodstamps. I do not understand this logic. I don't understand how only a person who has a drug felony is the only one excluded. Even murderers can get them. Do they think that those who do drugs do not eat or do not have children and spouses that eat. Do they think it only hurts the convicted. I understand that they felt like that they would sell them but to never let them have foodstamps again for goodness sakes is ridiculous. Where is the end of the sentence. Where is the forgivness. Believe me we have all paid the price for a mistake that was made years ago and will continue doing so until this law is changed.

Anonymous

Posted May 28 2012

I don't understand that only drug offenders are punished. Ÿou can rape, kidnapp, kill, or commit arson and ÿou can still get help from government. It makes no sense. Oh ÿou killed your whole family? Here ÿou go food stamps and housing assistance for ÿou.

Anonymous

Posted May 28 2012

I don't understand that only drug offenders are punished. Ÿou can rape, kidnapp, kill, or commit arson and ÿou can still get help from government. It makes no sense. Oh ÿou killed your whole family? Here ÿou go food stamps and housing assistance for ÿou.

Anonymous

Posted May 29 2012

This is ridiculous. Lets start punishing people for what they might do. Yeah right?! If trading food stamps for drugs is the issue, lets look at ways to discourage its practice, increase penalties for being caught doing it. Make it hard to do by issuing debit cards that stores are required to verify identities. Using the logic of punishing someone because they might do it, we might as well convict married people for domestic violents, convict drinkers for DUI, convict gun owners of assult with a deadly weapon...on and on.

Anonymous

Posted May 30 2012

Its a dam shame that this is happening if these people can not make a living wage how can you rent even the pell grant which the majority of poor and middle class people use to get a education is being denied to pretty much black people we cant be so stupid to think this is no hurting their community . Its hurting Latinos to I think we just need more decent wages. Hell I am a felons I wish dishes all day do the trash work but if I am going to live in shelter or with family I would truly prefer prison for life or to be shot dead.

Anonymous

Posted May 30 2012

Hi my name is Mark and was convicted on drug charges in 2009 I got out prison 2-27-2012 i dont have no family no friends that dont do drugs. i need help and dont no where to go or who to ask?all i need is help getting started im a hard worker and i learn fast.is there help for me if so please call 501-467-5517 thank you.

Anonymous

Posted Jun 3 2012

I heartily agree with the majority of statments posted here. I too am a drug felon (possesion of marijuana) and can not recieve assistance with food or housing. I am denied most employment and in the small Texas town where I live am looked down upon for even trying to seek help. Never have I sold or traded food stamps for money or even thought about it for that matter yet I personally know many people who have who are not felons of any kind or even drug users. So obviously the debit card system isn't prohibiting people from using state benefits for other purposes however the current system is prohibiting me from adequately providing for my family. Boy I wish I would have just killed, raped or robbed someone instead of smoking pot, then I would still be eligible for help. THE SYSTEM HAS TO CHANGE!!!!!

Anonymous

Posted Jul 4 2012

ok here is my view. I am a 30 year old woman and my husband is 31 years old. 2 years ago he made a mistake by helping a friend out by getting his friend something from another friend of ours. He was sentenced to 3 years probation and a 6 month program at the Day report program which is a outpatient form of drug rehab, he had to drug test sometimes 2 times a week and at first was going to class 3 times a week. After the Day Report Program he was to finish his sentence out by going to a NA meeting for the remaining 2 and a half years. Ok now he was not a dealer and it was his second STUPID mistake. We both know it was a mistake. Here is our problem, we both receive SSI disability and our income is a total of $1048 most of that goes in rent and utilities we may end up having $50 to $75 to get the odd and ends around the house. Because of his mistake, he is not eligible for snap benefits. With our income, and I say our income because even though he is not able to receive SNAP benefits, his income still counts!!! We only receive $16 a month from Snap benefits and handouts from people who buy their food with cash!!! Now in my opinion thats BS

Anonymous

Posted Jul 8 2012

This is so true. I'm a Convicted drug felon, because of someone else had drugs on them in my car. I'm 22 years old and have been a student all of my life. Now that I'm released, I attempt constantly to be hired at any job I can find, and still its hard. On top of that, how am I suppose to feed myself and my family, if I can barely get a job to pay just a few bills and no food. Plus my fees and restitution. It seems unfair that the state feels we did something wrong, takes away everything you have, then tells you, "you've paid your debt"....why do I still feel like I'm paying this debt. At least in prison I knew I had 3 meals a day, except on the weekends, and a roof over my head. Its not right. This isn't how it should be.

Anonymous

Posted Jul 11 2012

I am 29 years old and made a mistake when i was very young and ignorant, at 18 I was convicted of a felony to take a deal with 20 years of probation, I have currently served 12 years of my probation with no other charges or troubles in my life. I went through a rehab center for one year and trying to live my life for the lord, and my daughter that is now 11 months old. I am attempting to do things on my own, no father in the picture, and absolutely no money in my pocket, it would be very helpful to have a little help in the right direction. What is anyones advice to help anyone who truly has changed, but haunted with a stupid mistake when they were too young and ignorant to know what they were doing was wrong and would haunt themselves and family for the rest of their lives? For a 3rd degree drug carge at18 years old, I will never have a job, go to school for a decent career, or assistance through food stamps or medical. But people from out vof the country do it every day

Anonymous

Posted Jul 15 2012

I do not understand why you would deny a human being the right of assistance. Some people when they leave prison want a fresh start. To turn over a new leaf so to speak, but how can they when the goverment has stripped them from some of their civil rights how are they expected to change their ways and become a model citizen again? So a convicted drug felon is denied welfare i.e. (foodstamps) because the goverment fears that they would be sold in exchange for drugs?? So what about the people who buy the drugs from the drug dealers using their food stamp cards. Gov. makes another law now we have to be drug tested before recieving benefits. Wow what next??!! 99.9% of drug dealers are trying to support their families, THIS MEANS PAY BILLS PUT FOOD ON TABLE AND CLOTHES ON THEM. tHEY GET ARRESTED AND GET MORE TIME FOR SELLING A GRAM THAN A RAPIST OR CHILD MOLESTER RECIEVES. IS GOVERMENT GOING TO PASS A LAW WHERE SEX OFFENDERS AND CHILD MOLESTERS CANNOT RECIEVE BENEFITS AS WELL. THAT IN A WAY WOULD MAKE MORE SENSE CONSIDERING THE DIRTY BASTARD CAN LURE THE CHLD IN WITH CANDY OR FOOD OF SOME SORT. A MAN PAYS HIS DEBT TO SOCIETY SERVES HIS TIME YET B/C OF HIS PAST MISTAKES HE CANNOT FIND DECENT WORK NOR GET GOVERMENT HELP. WHAT REALLY HURTS IS NOT THE CONVICTED FELON BUT THE FAMILY HE IS TRYING TO SUPPORT BECAUSE GOVERMENT WANTS TO CONTINIOUSLY PUNISH THEM FOR THEIR MISTAKES THEIR FAMILIES HAS TO SUFFER...... WELL HOW COME PEOPLE WHO COMMIT DUI'S CAN STILL BUY ALCOHOL? THEIR MORE THREAT THAN DRUG DEALER. THEY ARE ENDANGERING LIVES OF MANY WOMEN CHILDREN AND ANIMALS. wHERE AS A DRUG DEALER DEPENDING ON HIS MORALS WILL NOT SELL TO WOMEN OR MINORS. AFTER HE SELS THE MERCHANDISE WHAT THE CONSUMER DOES WITH IT IS THEIR CHOICE AND SHOULD HAVE NO FALL BACK ON THE PRODUCER. THE CONSUMER MADE THE CHOICE SO THE CONSUMER SOULD FACE THE SAME CHARGE AND TIME SERVED AS THE PRODUCER. IF THEY WANNA BE SO PICKY ABOUT DENYING FOOD STAMPS WHY DONT THEY GO AFTER THE ONES WHO POP OUT KIDS JUST TO GET MOE MONEY AND THE KID DOES NOT EVEN LIVE WITH THEM!! OR THE ONES THAT LIE ABOUT THEIR ELEGITABILITY TO GET ASSIASTANCE CAUSE THEIR TOO LAZY TO GET OFF THEIR ASS AND GO FIND WORK YET THEY HAVE THE NEWEST IPOD OR IPHONE AND FLAT SCREEN TVS. AS FAR AS DENYING THEM THE RIGHT TO VOTE WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSE TO PROVE? THAT THEY ARE STILL A ANIMAL IN SOCIETY THEY DO NOT HAVE THE PRIVELGE OF CALLING THEMSELVES A CITIZEN AND VOTE TO MAKE THE COUNTRY/STATE/COUNTY A BETTER PLACE. i MEAN AFTER ALLL I THINK THEY (DD)KNOW HOW HARD IT IS ALREADY BEING ON THE STREETS IT CANT GET MUCH WORSE FOR THEM. SO THIS ARTICLE PRETTY TOLD ME THAT BECAUSE MY HUSBAND IS A CONVICTED FELON HE WILL NEVER BE PARDONED OR FORGIVEN OF HIS MISTAKES AND WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAVE THE OPPUTUNITY TO HAVE A SECOND CHNCE AND BEGIN FRESH. AND THEY WONDER WHY THE PRISONS HAVE SUCH A HIGH RE- ARREST ON SAME CHARG RATE. I THINK ITS A CROCK OF BULL SHIT I CANT EVEN GET MARRIED TO MY HUSBAND BECAUSE HE CANNOT FIND WORK CAUSE HIS PAST AND I CANT HOLD DOWN A JOB SEEMS LIKE EITHER, IF THEY FOUND OUT I LIVED WITH HIM SURVIALLENCE WOULD BE AROUND MY HOUSE NON STOP. I DO NOT WANT MY SON GROWING UP LIKE THAT. YES HIS FATHER MADE A MISTAKE BUT HE ALSO PAYED FOR IT. HE DID THE CRIME AND SERVED HIS TIME ALL THE WAY OUT AND AS SOON AS THEY RELEASE THEM BACK INTO A SOCIETY THAT HAS SHUNNED AND DENIED THEM THAT THEY FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE TO GO BACK ON THE STREETS JUST TO SURVIE AND IF THAT MEANS THAT THEY ALSO GET RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS STRIPPED FROM THEM HOW ARE THEY SUPPOSE TO PROTECT HIS FAMILY IF HE IS NOT ALLOWED TOO?? THE OTHER HALF CAN NOT EVEVN GET ASSISTANCE NOW CAUSE THEY WIL NOT JUST DENY HIM VOTING RIGHTS OR GUN RIGHTS BUT NOW RIGHTS THAT ARE CREATED TO STAND FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE HAVE BEEN REMOVED TO NOTHING. NO WONDER THEY GO BACK INTO THE STREETS!!!!!!!!!!!! OR HOW BOUT THIS IRS WNATS TO SUE YOU CAUSE YOU OWE TAXES FROM THE TIME YOU WERE INCARCERATED TIL RELASE DATE THIS GOVERMENT IS A SHAM AND A TOTALLY LAUGHTEING MATTER. sO WHERE IS THIS CHANGE OBAMA HAS BEEN PREACHING OF??? OY YAH ITS THAT CLOUD OF SMOKE THE GOV. HAS BEEN BLOWING UP OUR ASSES

Anonymous

Posted Aug 11 2012

If you're going to ban drug felons then they need to banned murders,rapists, child molesters as well

Anonymous

Posted Aug 11 2012

If you're going to ban drug felons then they need to banned murders,rapists, child molesters as well

Anonymous

Posted Aug 14 2012

People can't u see its not about the welfare of you your kids family nothing its a hidden agenda I mean only drug offenders are disqualified but all other offenses qualify,murders rapist child abusers its the phony war on drugs that pulled this law in effect and to stop people from selling stamps good luck with that they have talked down on drugs so long its irreversible and weed the most common drug hell even the president smoked bottom line if they can't get any of the money you can't use it and if you do they will make life a living hell ,look at Sunday alcohol sales,the lottery before then it was illegal but they said hey let's get in on some of this money and made it legal so until the government get their cut it will be like this

Anonymous

Posted Aug 15 2012

Ill just go sell drugs to eat

Anonymous

Posted Aug 16 2012

i am in texas just kinda thinking on whether i would prefer tive food to someone with a drug charge or to a child molester. hmmm let me think.

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