Cheating Welfare: Public Assistance and the Criminalization of Poverty

by Kaaryn S. Gustafson

Cheating Welfare (Hardcover, 2011, New York University Press)
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Hardcover, 227 pages

English language

Published Mar 11th 2011 by New York University Press.

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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 …

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  • Welfare fraud
  • Public welfare
  • Case studies


  • United States
  • California