Social Security and Disability Rights of the Formerly Incarcerated
Everyone makes mistakes in their lives and has to suffer the consequences. What’s important is that we learn from these mistakes and move on. If you or an acquaintance made the type of mistake that resulted in doing jail time, it’s important to know that you still have certain rights once you’ve served your sentence. Depending on the crime you were convicted of, you might lose certain rights that are inalienable to most citizens. These rights can include:
- The right to vote
- The right to possess a firearm
- The ability to work in certain occupations
- The ability to work with children
- The ability to obtain certain licenses and certifications
If you’ve served jail time and done your debt to society, it’s important to know your rights. Contacting a qualified attorney can help you find out what rights are available to you. The Kenton Koszdin Law Office can answer your questions and help you fight to regain your rights. Call us at (800) 438-7734 for a free consultation.
Los Angeles Social Security Benefits
Once you’re released from incarceration, you could be eligible for certain benefits if you have paid into the Social Security system for the adequate amount of time. These benefits include:
- Retirement Benefits
- Survivor Benefits
- Supplemental Security Income benefits (if you are 65 or older, blind, or disabled with few income resources)
- Disability Benefits
Who is Considered Disabled?
The Social Security Administration considers you disabled if you meet the following:
- You can’t do the type of work that you previously did any longer
- You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition or conditions
- Your disability has lasted, or is expected to last, at least one year
- Your disability is expected to result in death
If you do qualify as disabled by the above criteria, Social Security benefits may also provide benefits for family members
- If she is 62 or older
- If she is caring for your child who is under 16 years of age
- If she is caring for your severely disabled child who is under 22 years of age
- If they are under 16 years of age
- If they are severely disabled and under 22 years of age
While you can’t receive any Social Security benefits while you are in prison, you may begin receiving them again upon your release. For this reason, it is important that you contact the Social Security Administration immediately upon your release. Many prisons have a prerelease agreement with Social Security. If your prison has this agreement, it allows you or the prison’s representative to contact Social Security 90 days prior to your scheduled release date. This can speed up the reinstatement of your benefits.
Contact Kenton Koszdin Law Office For Help Today
Re-entering society poses many obstacles for former inmates. It is often difficult for these individuals to find employment or a place to live. This is why it’s so important to have access to any Social Security benefits you may be entitled to while you get your life back. Experienced attorneys like those at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office can represent you and fight for your rights so you can begin turning your life around. Call us today at (800) 438-7734 with any questions you may have.