The San Bernardino County welfare office has taken it upon itself to grant welfare under the Calworks program to felons with drug felonies.
The guidelines of the Calworks program CalWORKs Eligibility Handbook specify that there are three categories of person who are not eligible for cash aid permanently or for a specific period of time:
1) Drug Felons
Any persons convicted of a felony related to the possession, use, or distribution of a “controlled substance” will be permanently ineligible for cash aid. At this time, only drugs are considered “controlled substances,” although the legal definition goes beyond that. To be ineligible, the person must have committed the drug-related felony after 8-22-96 and must have been convicted as a drug felon in a state or federal court after 12-31-97.
2) Fleeing Felons
Any person fleeing to avoid felony prosecution, custody or confinement after conviction, or violating a condition of probation or parole will also be permanently ineligible for cash aid. Fleeing to avoid prosecution or custody or confinement after conviction means that a warrant for arrest has been issued. Violating a condition of probation or parole means a warrant has been issued for a crime that violates a condition of probation or parole, or an order has been issued revoking parole or probation.
3) Intentional Program Violators
Persons convicted of Intentional Program Violations (IPVs) are subject to sanctions for specific periods of time or permanently.
The law was enacted in 1997 as defined by the letter from the State of California to California Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators. However, the County of San Bernardino has taken it upon itself to grant cash aid to drug felons and then has the audacity to initiate a child support action against the other parent based on the illegal welfare that it granted. The word fraud comes to mind.