CalWORKs Sanction Patterns in Four Counties: An Analysis of Administrative Data

California policymakers are seeking information on how counties are administering welfare sanctions―
the procedures by which the state and county welfare agencies penalize low-income adults with children
when they fail to comply with various CalWORKs program requirements. In this Briefing Paper, we list
policymakers’ key questions and the aspects of each addressed by our study on CalWORKs sanctions in
Alameda, Fresno, Kern, and San Diego counties.

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