Life Sentences: Denying Welfare Benefits To Women Convicted Of Drug Offenses
This report is the first national analysis documenting the impact of the lifetime welfare ban on women and their children in the United States. Presently, 42 states are enforcing the ban in full or in part. We find that an estimated 92,000 women are affected by the ban in the 23 states for which we were able to obtain data. Since the application of the lifetime welfare ban only began in 1996, the number of women affected will increase substantially in the coming years.
The ban also currently places over 135,000 children in these states at risk of neglect and involvement with the criminal justice system due to the prospect of reduced family income support. Further, there are significant potential societal costs—in the areas of criminal justice, health, and child welfare—associated with the ban.
How Racism and Inequality Are Influencing the Rise of Legalized Cannabis in the United States
As the legal cannabis industry in the United States continues its explosive growth, a new documentary raises challenging but vital questions about the interaction between drug policy, racism, mass incarceration, and justice.
Q&A: Marielle Franco’s Enduring Legacy
Marielle Franco’s sister, Anielle, remembers her sister, her work for a better Brazil, and her legacy of fighting for marginalized women and girls.
Ending mass incarceration
What a Soccer Star Teaches Us About Criminal Justice
Megan Rapinoe, co-captain of the World Cup–winning U.S. women’s soccer team, told a story about her brother’s struggles with addiction and incarceration. Here’s what we can learn from his story—and why prison breeds violence rather than making communities safer.