New law will allow Texas felons to collect food stamps

New law will allow Texas felons to collect food stamps

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The state of Texas will now allow felons to collect food stamps.

Advocates say helping ex-inmates get back on their feet will help keep them from returning to jail.

So, starting Tuesday, anyone with a felony drug conviction can qualify for the stamps, unless they violate terms of their parole - that would lead to a two-year disqualification.

The TDCJ says of the 75,000 inmates released from prisons and jails last year, around 30 percent were convicted on drug charges.

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