Nineteen years after President Bill Clinton endorsed conservative ideas about fighting poverty and signed sweeping welfare reform into law, one of the most poorly thought out elements of that political pact is on the verge of crumbling.

Committing a drug crime was supposed to permanently ban a person from food stamps and welfare benefits under a little-discussed provision of the Clinton-Gingrich reforms. But with Alabama and Texas creating exceptions to those bans as part of broader criminal justice reforms this legislative season, barely 10 percent of the states will actually maintain such a lifetime ban for drug crimes come autumn.

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  1. I think that’s such a good idea. It’s really unfair to deny someone food and other necessary items they would normally be eligible for because of one mistake.

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