A Person Serving Time In Michigan Prison or Macomb County Jail Can Be Denied Social Security Benefits

If you are charged with a criminal offense or drunk driving and sentenced to jail, you may lose various rights to your government benefits. Specifically, you may not collect Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits while incarcerated under certain circumstances. Both of these programs prohibit payments to most prisoners. Social Security benefits are suspended while a person is confined in a facility like Macomb Couty jail, or a Michigan prison, or other penal institution for more than 30 continuous days due to conviction of a crime.

In addition to the above, benefits cannot be paid to someone who is confined in an institution at public expense in connection with a criminal case if the court finds that the person is: guilty but insane; not guilty of such an offense by reason of insanity or similar factors (such as a mental disease); or incompetent to stand trial for such an alleged offense.

Also, benefits cannot be paid to someone who, immediately upon completion of a prison sentence for conviction of a criminal offense (which involves sexual activity), is confined to an institution at public expense. The confinement must be based on a court finding that the individual is a sexually dangerous person or sexual predator. However, if a person is not confined in prison or other similar place, benefits may be paid to an eligible individual.