If you were receiving benefits before incarceration and are now about to be released, you can take steps to resume your benefits.

You should contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) before your release and inform them of your upcoming release date. The SSA will then assist in reinstating your benefits promptly upon release, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements. 

If you never received benefits before and are now seeking assistance upon release, you can apply for benefits through the SSA. You will need to complete an application and provide documents to establish your eligibility, like identification, medical records, and financial information.

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Last Reviewed: July 14, 2023