House to Vote on Expansion of Food Stamp Ban for People with Criminal Records
The House of Representatives is poised to consider H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (commonly known as the “Farm Bill”), which contains language to permanently bar people with certain criminal records from receiving access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). If enacted, the provision would increase food insecurity for people with criminal records and jeopardize the reentry process.
H.R. 2 would extend existing law that excludes people convicted of felony drug offenses from receiving SNAP by creating a lifetime ban for people convicted of violent offenses that would apply in every state. This change would weaken a critical part of the reentry infrastructure which provides basic food assistance and supplements inadequate income. Denying food assistance will destabilize individuals and their families while doing nothing to improve public safety.
Formerly incarcerated people already face significant barriers, please don't let this legislation exacerbate them. Take action today!
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