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Cheating Welfare: Public Assistance and the Criminalization of Poverty

Kaaryn S. Gustafson


Over the last three decades, welfare policies have been informed by popular beliefs that welfare fraud is rampant. As a result, welfare policies have become more punitive and the boundaries between the welfare system and the criminal justice system have blurred—so much so that in some locales prosecution caseloads for welfare fraud exceed welfare caseloads. In reality, some recipients manipulate the welfare system for their own ends, others are gravely hurt by punitive policies, and still others fall somewhere in between. This book endeavors to clear up these gray areas by providing insights i ... More

Keywords: welfare policies, welfare fraud, welfare system, criminal justice system, welfare recipients, crime control, United States, welfare cheating

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814732311
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814732311.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kaaryn S. Gustafson, author