Mississippi Believes Children Should Starve If Their Mother Did Drugs

One mother is serving three years in jail in Mississippi.  Her crime?  She lied on her application to get food assistance for her family.

Via Think Progress, Anita McLemore is being put behind bars in federal prison for not admitting that she had previous felony drug convictions when she filed to try and get foodstamps for herself and her two children.   According to the American Civil Liberties Union, McLemore’s prior convictions made her ineligible for apply for assistance in the state — although not in all states — so when she left off her crimes order to receive a little over $4000 worth of food stamps, she was caught and punished.

In fact, the judge went out of his way to provide her with the harshest sentence possible, despite the fact that she paid back the money she took.  “[U.S. District Judge Henry] Wingate bypassed sentencing McLemore under federal guidelines that suggested she receive two to eight months in prison and would have made her eligible for probation. He instead sentenced her under a federal statute that carries a maximum five years in prison.’The defendant’s criminal record is simply abominable,’ Wingate said. ‘She has been the beneficiary of government generosity in state court.’”

Regardless of McLemore’s background and history, how exactly are her two children supposed to eat if she cannot get assistance?  And, who will be buying their food when she is in jail beginning next year?


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Laura B.
Laura M2 years ago

NO!!! Children should be taken to foster homes if their mother did drugs, NOT starve!!!!

Siobhan Jess
Siobhan J6 years ago

I agree with Erth G. - this article does require more in-depth information in order to be fully understood. However, children should NEVER be held accountable for the wrongs of their parents. I really hope Ms. McLemore's kids are getting support and nurturing, otherwise they may repeat her lifestyle when they themselves are adults. Take care of this generation, and you help take care of the next.

Erth G.
Erth G.6 years ago

Sounds like she has a current history of robbing the states money, court don't rule maximum sentence unless she was stealing food stamps for illegal reasons or she has a history of fraud on other counts.

Is there a more detailed article then this one? This is vague and looks more along the lines to cause hate then to give info that is needed to understand.

Kathy Lentz
Kathlene Lentz6 years ago

Idiots should not hold high positions in our courts or in our political system, yet we see them every day handing out this type of bull. I hope that someone steps forward to help this woman get justice AND food for her kids.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Gloria W.
Gloria W.6 years ago

Mississippi, Mississippi when are you going to learn???

ROLF P6 years ago

Let's ask our selves why she had the children in the first place. And then maybe we can all step up to the plate and blame ourselves for having elected so many idiots into office in the first place. And ultimately wasn't the money for the kids? did they have drug convictions as well? doubt it. Guess Judges must be some of the smartest people on earth, bet this one is Ivy-league.

Janet K.
Janet K6 years ago

I guess the kids will be eating thin gruel at an orphanage until Mississippi decides it has to cut the budget for child care at which point the kids will be turned out on the street much like stray dogs and cats.

Jane Barton
Jane Barton6 years ago

Our government is being run by a bunch of criminals.

Hannah S.
Hannah Short6 years ago

Elizabeth K. for the things you have said here, and on a couple of other ones, i award you with a green star. at least i would if i could