Abstract

Abstract:

Millions of Americans are formerly or currently under correctional supervision and their involvement with the correctional system imposes collateral consequences beyond sentencing times. We explore the creation of extended punishment through the intersection of correctional system involvement, food insecurity, and two Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) policies. Given the high prevalence of food insecurity, individuals with correctional supervision involvement are likely to need assistance from SNAP; however, they face more barriers accessing SNAP benefits than the general population. We highlight two policies in particular: the restrictions for individuals with drug felony convictions and the able-bodied adults without dependents work requirement. Due to challenges with securing gainful employment and the need for SNAP benefits, these two policies create disparities with participation in the program and increase risk for food insecurity and other poor health outcomes among this population.

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