Incarceration – Jail – Prison

How does being incarcerated – Jail, Prison affect Social Security or SSI Benefits?
How do you get benefits reinstated?

If you’re receiving SSI, your payments are suspended while you’re in prison.  Your payments can be reinstated in the month you’re released. However, if your confinement lasts for 12 consecutive months or longer, your eligibility for SSI benefits will terminate and you must file a new application for benefits.

If we suspend your disability or SSI
benefits because you were in prison,
you can request for Social Security to
reinstate your benefits. You’ll need to
contact Social Security and provide a
copy of your official release documents  before
we can act on your request.

For SSI beneficiaries, benefits are
terminated when the person is
incarcerated for a year or more.


What prisoners need to know # 10133 Entering the Community after Incarceration # 10504



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