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Legal Protections for Public Health Officials During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Resource CollectionLegal Protections for Public Health Officials

January 25, 2021
by Brooke Torton

Nationwide, state and local public health officials working to protect the public from COVID-19 are on the receiving end of threatening and harassing conduct for simply fulfilling their duty to protect the public health. In response, the Network conducted research to examine whether the states and Washington, D.C., have criminal statutes punishing individuals who impede public health officials’ duties with such behavior.

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Effects of Denial of SNAP Benefits on Persons with Felony Drug Convictions

Resource CollectionFood Safety and SecurityFood Security

April 25, 2020

Federal law bans convicted drug felons from receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. This brief discusses the public health consequences of rescinding nutritional assistance from people with drug convictions. The 50-State Survey examines how states have reacted to the ban, by either leaving it in place, removing it, or modifying it.

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