Legal Training – sometimes more questions than answers


This past week I went to two trainings.  One was on SSI and SSDI, the other on domestic violence and the confluence of the legal system and the role of the therapist.

I found out that if an SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or SSDI (Social Security Disability Income) recipient is convicted and is sent to prison that s/he loses their income. This left me wondering if that applied to their minor children, assuming they had any. Minor children get a portion of the income of the parent, and it would seem crazy to deny them that because the parent is incarcerated. Then again, if a parent goes to jail they lose a job and their children also are denied an income, so perhaps – in an insane way – it makes sense. And those with outstanding warrants are also cut off – assuming there is a records check, I suppose.

I also found that is almost impossible to get SSI or SSDI and be an alien – even one in good standing – such assistance seems to be limited to 7 years in order to give the alien time to gain citizenship. It makes me wonder why so many people assume all undocumented immigrants are on welfare or getting some form of social security benefit.

During domestic violence (209A) training I found out that it is now the policy of the court to get Probation to run a CORI (criminal offender registration information) on the parties. This could mean that if the battered spouse had an arrest warrant out there the police could be called to haul her/him away.

Great, so I now have a new question to ask people seeking to obtain a TRO or those defending against one. To the best of your knowledge is there a warrant out for your arrest? If so, then they will have to weigh the chance they might be arrested against the need for protection.  Is there something wrong with this picture?

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