No More Double Punishments: Lifting the Ban on SNAP and TANF for People with Prior Felony Drug Convictions

Individuals with prior drug-related felony convictions, incarcerated or not, often face “collateral consequences” in the form restrictions or complete bans on SNAP, TANF, or both. Allowing such barriers on integral supports impedes returning citizens’ successful reentry and does little to deter crime and much to worsen difficult circumstances. All states that still impose barriers to SNAP and TANF should remove them. SNAP and TANF serve as a bulwark against food insecurity, recidivism, and financial insecurity—allowing returning citizens to support themselves and their families and contribute to society.