$1,200 Stimulus Checks to Prison Inmates? – Reclaiming America

$1,200 Stimulus Checks to Prison Inmates?

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What has happened to America when federal judges order the government to pay prison inmates the same $1,200 stimulus payments that many Americans received in the weeks after the coronavirus shut much of the country down?

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“The possibility of checks for prisoners has been a contentious issue, with the IRS first allowing and then disallowing the payments before a federal judge stepped in late last month to clarify: Prisoners, too, can get paid,” according to NBC News.

“But according to attorneys, prisoners and their advocates, some prison systems appear to be erecting roadblocks to payments approved by Congress and the courts. Advocates in several states have raised concerns that some prisoners do not have access to the forms they need to apply for the money, and that some officials are not providing information about how to fill them out correctly…

“Since the pandemic began in March, the IRS has sent emergency payment checks to at least 159 million people.

Initially, the IRS issued payments to people behind bars. The $2 trillion federal stimulus package excluded dependents and foreigners without legal residency, but it didn’t explicitly disqualify incarcerated people. When an internal auditor noted in May that the IRS was automatically sending checks to prisoners and dead people, the agency abruptly changed course, blocking payments to prisoners and saying those who’d already received the money should pay it back. A federal report in June found that the government had paid $100 million in stimulus money to about 85,000 prisoners.” [emphasis added]

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$100 million in stimulus money to 85,000 prisoners!!

So again we ask, what has happened to America when federal judges order the government to pay prison inmates the same $1,200 stimulus payments that many Americans received in the weeks after the coronavirus shut much of the country down?

Please share your thoughts in the Comment section.

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