Even after serving their sentences, formerly incarcerated individuals constantly fight an uphill battle to return to a normal life. They face restrictions on state and federal aid programs, discrimination in the labor market (amplified if the individual is Black or Latino), housing discrimination, and a host of other challenges that make their efforts to healthily reintegrate into their community much more difficult. Arkansas has the opportunity to lift some of these burdens without increasing state expenditures. Reforms to state administration of the federally-funded SNAP and TANF programs could give those convicted on certain drug-related charges the ability to feed themselves and their families without feeling pressured to sell drugs to make ends meet. Ban the Box legislation, which has already been passed in several cities and states around the nation, would increase the chances of employment post-incarceration. 

SNAP and TANF Employment Discrimination