How does being incarcerated – Jail, Prison affect Social Security or SSI Benefits?
How do you get benefits reinstated?
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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 Social Security suspends 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 they can act on your request.
For SSI beneficiaries, benefits are terminated when the person is incarcerated for a year or more.
See our separate website on Criminal Law
Nolo’s Guide to Social Security Disability
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