As general rule, New Jersey Supplemental Security Income may be suspended when a recipient is imprisoned after conviction of any crime for a period of 12 months or more. In such cases, however, it must be noted that Supplemental Security Income may be reinstated once the claimant serves the prison sentence.
A claimant released from prison may find it beneficial to consult an attorney to expedite reestablishment of Supplemental Security Income after a prison sentence has ended. Depending on the reason for imprisonment, the sentence and the Supplemental Security Income beneficiary’s financial situation. In some cases, Supplemental Security Income may be suspended or even terminated.
In cases where Supplemental Security Income of a New Jersey beneficiary has been suspended, attorneys may be able to help process reestablishment of the claim quickly after incarceration ends. Nonetheless, if Supplemental Security Income has been terminated by legal authorities, it may require a long and elaborate procedure to reinstate Supplemental Security Income to the beneficiary. In other cases, Supplemental Security Income may not have been claimed prior to sentencing so a whole new application must be filed in order to claim this income.
Many New Jersey attorneys who deal with specifically with Social Security claims encourage claimants to initiate a pre-release procedure before completion of imprisonment. Initiating the official procedure before a prison sentence is over can substantially expedite the claim’s processing. In many cases, the pre-release procedure may be initiated months before the beneficiary’s release from prison. Often, with advance work, authorities may be able to issue payment of Supplemental Security Income as soon as the beneficiary leaves a New Jersey prison.
Source: SocialSecurity.gov, “Benefits after incarceration: What you need to know,” accessed on March 27, 2015