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A coalition of organizations is calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders to end a longtime policy that permanently bans Michiganders from receiving food stamps if they have two or more felony drug convictions.

Advocates argue the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services policy that disqualifies people from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits based on their drug convictions hinders people’s reentry into communities after they’ve served their time in jail or prison.

And some organizations that have been pushing the state to do away with the lifetime ban for years say the coronavirus pandemic presents a new sense of urgency to expand food assistance to those excluded because of a criminal record.

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