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Members of the California Assembly

Dear California Assembly Members,

I am  writing in support of Senate Bill 283 (Hancock) which will allow individuals previously convicted of a drug felony, who meet all other eligibility rules, to receive nutrition benefits through the CalFresh program, provided that they are complying with the conditions of probation or parole, or have successfully completed their probation or parole.

California maintains an optional lifetime ban on receiving CalFresh for people with former drug-related felony offenses when the conviction occurred after 1996. SB 283 will allow individuals who meet all other eligibility rules to receive nutrition benefits through the CalFresh program provided that they are complying with the conditions of probation or parole, or have successfully completed their probation or parole. 

SB 283 would only restore eligibility for assistance to adults meeting the requirements for program participation and successfully complying with probation or parole supervision. According to the Senate Appropriation’s analysis, for every 200 people who were deterred from recidivating as a result of this basic needs support, up to $2 million (General Fund) in state prison cost savings or $7.3 million in local jail cost savings could be realized. 

I support SB 283 and ask for your "aye" vote.

Signed,

St. Anthony Foundation

This petition closed over 1 year ago

How this will help

In California, people with drug felony convictions are permanently disqualified from receiving CalFresh (food stamps) benefits.  Do you believe that people who have served their time for the...

In California, people with drug felony convictions are permanently disqualified from receiving CalFresh (food stamps) benefits.  Do you believe that people who have served their time for the mistakes they have made, and who are currently playing by the rules should be eligible for help with food and nutrition?  If you do, please join us in supporting SB 283 (Hancock), a bill that would reinstate CalFresh benefits for Californians with prior drug-related felony convictions, provided they are following program rules and are (or have) successfully complied with the conditions of their probation or parole. 

SB 283 passed out of the California Senate in May and is currently being considered by the California Assembly.  Our state Assembly Members need to hear from you about SB 283.  If you'd like to see California support the successful re-entry of former offenders, please sign our petition in support of SB 283.

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