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Sizing up food stamps

Compassion | Trump says the program is shrinking, but experts argue it’s not contracting fast enough
by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 2/13/19, 05:13 pm

During last week’s State of the Union address, President Donald Trump boasted of a drop in the number of food stamp recipients during his administration. “Nearly 5 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps,” he said, touting the statistic as a sign of economic prosperity. Conservative members of Congress responded with 15 seconds of applause.

Food stamp enrollment numbers have gone down significantly in recent years, but they could—and should—be much lower with better policy, according to welfare reform advocates.

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From middle school to prison?

Compassion | A murder charge against a 12-year-old in Texas puts juvenile justice in the spotlight
by Charissa Crotts
Posted 1/30/19, 02:19 pm

Authorities in a small Texas town near San Antonio charged a 12-year-old boy with capital murder this week, raising questions about the best approach to juvenile justice.

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Beyond bail

Compassion | California struggles to reform a broken system
by Charissa Crotts
Posted 1/16/19, 04:12 pm

While California works to abolish the cash bail system that often punishes poor people disproportionately, one group is trying to fix the problem one prisoner at a time.

The Bail Project, a nonprofit organization that uses donations to bail qualifying people out of jail, joined forces with the public defender’s office in Compton, a Los Angeles suburb that is notorious for crime, and UCLA law students to help individuals at the Compton Courthouse get bail reduction and pretrial release.

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