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Record 47 Million Americans Now Receive Food Stamps
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Record 47 Million Americans Now Receive Food Stamps

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Although food stamp participation rates typically increase during a recession, a new study demonstrates that the rate of growth between 2008 and 2012 is unique.

One in Five Louisianans Live Below The Poverty Line
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One in Five Louisianans Live Below The Poverty Line

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21.6 percent of Louisianans are living in poverty, the second highest in the country, while the average household income has decreased 13% since 2009.

Clean Sweep for Prison Reforms, But as Weakened Versions
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Clean Sweep for Prison Reforms, But as Weakened Versions

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While all five of the proposals out of the Sentencing Commission passed, the most controversial received amendments to water them down. Dana Kaplan (pictured) of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana spoke with The Pelican Post and assessed what the outcome means for Louisiana.

Forty Year War on Drugs Incites New Orleanians to Protest
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Forty Year War on Drugs Incites New Orleanians to Protest

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With festive music and diverse protestors, Women with a Vision led a peaceful march against what the organization describes as a trillion dollar “abject failure”—the now forty-year-old war on drugs.

New Welfare Reform Plan Seeks to Put Recipients to Work
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New Welfare Reform Plan Seeks to Put Recipients to Work

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Republican House members introduce the Welfare Reform Act of 2011, which is set to expand the reforms of the mid-1990s. The reform comes on the heels of U.S. Census Bureau data showing one in seven Americans live at or below the poverty line.