A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of the Impact of Public Assistance on Prisoner Recidivism

The Welfare Act of 1996 banned welfare and food stamp eligibility for felony drug offenders and gave states the ability to modify their use of the law. Today, many states are revisiting their use of this ban, searching for ways to decrease the size of their prison populations; however, there are no...

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Published in:Journal of quantitative criminology
Main Author: Luallen, Jeremy (Author)
Contributors: Edgerton, Jared (Author); Rabideau, Deirdre
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
Published: 2018
In:Journal of quantitative criminology
Year: 2018, Volume: 34, Issue: 3, Pages: 741-773
Online Access: Volltext (Resolving-System)
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Summary:The Welfare Act of 1996 banned welfare and food stamp eligibility for felony drug offenders and gave states the ability to modify their use of the law. Today, many states are revisiting their use of this ban, searching for ways to decrease the size of their prison populations; however, there are no empirical assessments of how this ban has affected prison populations and recidivism among drug offenders. Moreover, there are no causal investigations whatsoever to demonstrate whether welfare or food stamp benefits impact recidivism at all.
ISSN:1573-7799
DOI:10.1007/s10940-017-9353-x