Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Improve program participation while reducing improper payments

Help Solve Payment and Participation Issues with Timely Incarceration Data

Over 43 million Americans rely on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to provide them with basic nutritional assistance.* Moreover, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “SNAP is a critical part of a [prisoner] re-entry support infrastructure, providing basic food assistance and supplementing inadequate income.”

SNAP agencies across the country consistently strive to improve performance against two key metrics: program participation and improper payment rate.

Our value proposition to SNAP agencies is simple: we offer a valuable solution to the challenge of administering SNAP benefits to a population that frequently cycles in and out of incarceration. By providing access to near real-time custody status information, Incarceration Intelligence™ helps empower state agencies to administer more efficient and effective SNAP programs.

*https://www.cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/the-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap 
 
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HOW OUR SOLUTIONS HELP
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Grow Participation

Streamline application processing by monitoring your provided beneficiaries custody status. Receive an automated alert upon when our database indicates a release from incarceration.
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Encourage Successful Transitions

Help address food insecurity and provide nutritional assistance to an at-risk population.
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Save Taxpayer Dollars

Use near real-time incarceration data as an internal tool to help reduce improper payments.

Encourage Smoother Societal Transitions

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 10.7 million individuals were booked into U.S. incarceration facilities in 2018, with over 2 million individuals currently incarcerated in local, state, and federal facilities. The formerly incarcerated face a wide range of social and economic obstacles upon release. Unfortunately, these obstacles contribute to the nation’s high recidivism rates: two-thirds of released prisoners are rearrested for a new crime within 3 years.*

According to the National Institutes of Health, 91% of prisoners are considered “food insecure” upon release. SNAP benefits provide important stability while an individual is reintegrating into public life and looking for other necessities such as healthcare and housing.

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91% of individuals released from prison are considered food insecure**

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Two-thirds of released prisoners are rearrested for a new crime within 3 years***

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Only 83% of SNAP-eligible Americans participate in the program****

*https://bjs.ojp.gov/content/pub/pdf/ji18.pdf; **https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3733343/; ***https://aspe.hhs.gov/topics/human-services/incarceration-reentry; ****https://frac.org/maps/seniors/senior-snap-rates.html

Reduce Overpayments with Accurate Beneficiary Status

In fiscal year 2021, over $111 billion was paid out on SNAP and other directly related food assistance programs.* Of that, billions have been identified as improperly paid—a result of either fraud or administrative error. Reducing this improper payment rate saves taxpayer dollars and improves agency performance.

Our Incarceration Intelligence solution gives state SNAP agencies access to timely data, allowing personnel to further research and ultimately cease fraudulent payments.

Agencies are able to place “watches” on SNAP beneficiaries’ lists they provide, and receive alerts when relevant matches are:
  • Booked into custody
  • Released from custody
  • Incarcerated for a certain “length of stay”
*https://www.cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/the-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap
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Streamlined, immediate access to food assistance is critical for the formerly incarcerated.