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Study: U.S. Felons Banned From Food Stamps at Higher Risk of HIV

April 9, 2013

Researchers investigated whether convicted felons who are banned from accessing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and other public food assistance are more likely to participate in behaviors that put them at risk for HIV infection. A law passed in 1966 bans those convicted of drug felonies from such food assistance. The researchers chose people recently released from prison in Texas, California, and Connecticut because these three states interpret the law differently. In Connecticut, persons who comply with their court sentences are eligible for benefits; in California, the ban only applies to individuals who have not completed a drug treatment ban; and Texas has a full ban without exceptions.

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