How can I get my benefits after being incarcerated?
October 1, 2013
Q) How can I get my benefits after being incarcerated?
A) Social Security Administration says regarding after being after being incarcerated:
We generally do not pay Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients during confinement for a crime in jail, prison or certain other public institutions.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments
If you get SSI, we will stop you payments after you are imprisioned for a month. If you were convicted in March to serve at least a month-long sentence, you will not get an April payment. We can reinstate your payments the month you get out. However, if you are jailed 12 consecutive months or longer, you will have to file a new application and again be approved for SSI by Social Security.
Social Security benefits
If you are receiving Social Security retirement or disability, we will stop your benefits if you are institutionalized for more than 30 continuous days after a crime conviction. Although you cannot receive monthly Social Security benefits while you are confined, benefits to your dependent spouse or children will continue as long as they remain eligible.
If you, for example, are convicted in March and jailed more than 30 days, you will not be eligible for March benefit. Your payments will stop with your April payment. We can reinstate your benefits starting with the month you are released. To restart your payments, visit your local Social Security office with proof of your release.