What Has Welfare Reform Accomplished?

Guests:

Mark Greenberg
*Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Law and Social Policy

Elaine Ryan
*Director of Government Affairs, American Public Human Services Association

Ron Haskins
*Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institute

Jennifer Brooks
*Project Director, Wider Opportunities For Women

Five years ago, welfare reform became law in the United States. Over the years, the reviews have been mixed. Success includes the rise of two-parent households, declining crime rates and less drug abuse. But others question the stability of these households and say adolescents in welfare to work programs have more behavior problems. Juan Williams talks with welfare experts five years after welfare reform....what's the real story?

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