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Justice Related Services - Reentry Myth-Busters

These reentry myth-buster fact sheets were created by the Federal Interagency Reentry Council to clarify existing federal policies that affect formerly incarcerated individuals and their families.

Child Welfare-related Myths

pdf.gif Non-custodial parents who are incarcerated cannot have their child support orders reduced.

pdf.gif Child welfare agencies are required to terminate parental rights if a parent is incarcerated.

Publicly funded benefits-related Myths

pdf.gif Eligibility for Social Security benefits cannot be reinstated when an individual is released from incarceration.

pdf.gif A parent with a felony conviction cannot receive TANF/welfare.

pdf.gif A person with a criminal record is not eligible to receive federal student financial aid.

pdf.gif Individuals convicted of a felony can never receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) benefits.

pdf.gif An individual cannot apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) benefits without a valid State-issued identification card.

pdf.gif An individual cannot apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) benefits without a mailing address.

pdf.gif Individuals who have been convicted of a crime are “banned” from public housing.

pdf.gif Veterans cannot request to have their VA benefits resumed until they are officially released from incarceration.

Employment-related Myths

pdf.gif Businesses and employers have no way to protect themselves from potential property and monetary losses should an individual they hire prove to be dishonest.

pdf.gif People with criminal records are automatically barred from employment.

pdf.gif The federal government’s hiring policies prohibit employment of people with criminal records.

pdf.gif Entire Reentry Myth-Busters Packet