Examining Alabama's lifetime SNAP and TANF bans for people with felony drug convictions

How long should former drug felons who have completed their prison term continue to pay for their crime? Alabama is one of 10 states that still impose a lifetime ban on receipt of SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) benefits for anyone who has ever had a felony drug conviction, and one of 12 states with a similar ban on receipt of TANF (formerly known as welfare) benefits. The bans include no exceptions for people who have completed their sentences, complied with their probation terms, paid all their fines and penalties, and overcome their addictions.

This issue brief examines how many Alabamians may be affected by this lifetime ban and the potential financial and social effects of keeping it in place.

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