Arrested? What Happens to Your Benefits if You Go to Jail or Prison?
This guide explains to people with disabilities who have been arrested what happens to their federal benefits--health coverage, disability checks, veterans benefits and other resources--if they go to jail or prison and how to recover these benefits quickly when released. A question-and-answer format is used to explain: when benefits are terminated and when they are suspended; how inmates can get benefits back quickly after their release; and how they can apply for benefits they did not have before being arrested. This guide describes the application forms and assistance that jail and prison staff can provide. It also lists outside advocacy resources and points out that friends or relatives can help by going to local Social Security or social services offices on an inmate's behalf. (Authors)
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