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By Kaaryn S. Gustafson

ISBN-10: 0814732313

ISBN-13: 9780814732311

Over the past 3 a long time, welfare rules were trained via renowned ideals that welfare fraud is rampant. for this reason, welfare rules became extra punitive and the bounds among the welfare procedure and the felony justice procedure have blurred--so a lot in order that in a few locales prosecution caseloads for welfare fraud exceed welfare caseloads. actually, a few recipients control the welfare procedure for his or her personal ends, others are gravely harm via punitive guidelines, and nonetheless others fall someplace in between.In dishonest Welfare, Kaaryn S. Gustafson endeavors to resolve those grey components by way of supplying insights into the heritage, social development, and lived event of welfare. She exhibits why dishonest is all yet inevitable--not simply because negative individuals are immoral, yet simply because usual contributors navigating complicated structures of principles tend to turn into entangled regardless of their top efforts. via an exam of the development of the crime we all know as welfare fraud, which she bases on in-depth interviews with welfare recipients in Northern California, Gustafson demanding situations readers to query their assumptions approximately welfare guidelines, welfare recipients, and crime keep watch over within the usa.

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Until this time, two-parent families had been excluded from ADC programs altogether. Support for AFDC-UP was fostered by the view that the exclusion of two-parent families was forcing men to desert their wives and children and contributing to the disintegration of families. In 1961 Congress funded a food stamp program, providing nutrition to the hungry. ADC became Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) in 1962. In addition, amendments to the Social Security Act in 1965 created Medicaid, a medical program for low-income families and disabled individuals that was, and is, jointly funded by the federal government and the states.

While a distrust of poor adults has always existed in the United States, that distrust appeared to grow during the 1970s. That is not to say that no individuals defrauded the welfare system. In fact, there have been a few notable cheats. S. cities. The first nationally publicized case made news in 1974 when police investigated a forty-seven-year-old Chicago mother, Linda Taylor, for welfare fraud. Taylor herself triggered the investigation by reporting to police that fourteen thousand dollars in cash, jewelry, and furs had been stolen from her home.

He employed an economic model of welfare use, describing the receipt of welfare as an individual choice that stood in opposition to work. Murray used the image of the “carrot and stick” to describe state-created incentives and disincentives for work that the state created or could create (176). He also used the language of desert, arguing that the welfare policies of the sixties had transferred resources from “the most capable poor to the least capable, from the most law-abiding to the least law-abiding, and from the most responsible to the least responsible” (201).

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