• Report: Texas To Provide Food Stamps Benefits To Drug Felons

    Texas will  allow people with felony drug convictions to qualify for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program starting Tuesday.

    A drug conviction previously meant a lifetime ban from food stamps.

    Supporters hope the change will reduce recidivism and enable felons to better integrate into society.

    Many states that opted to bar drug felons from SNAP for life when it was created in 1996 are now reversing course. Texas is the 44th state to opt-out of the Federal law.

    An estimated 3.6 million Texans receive food stamps through SNAP, according to the state Healthand Human Services Commission. It is unknown how many more people will become eligible for benefits after the law takes effect.

    There are more than 55,000 Texans currently being monitored for drug offenses.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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