Federal judge rules prison inmates are eligible to receive coronavirus stimulus checks

A federal judge has ruled that the Internal Revenue Service must stop withholding coronavirus stimulus checks from inmates in state and federal prisons.

U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton, a Clinton appointee, sided with a class-action lawsuit brought by prisoners who argued that they fit into the requirements laid out for recipients of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act stimulus, according to the New York Post.

The IRS sent out nearly 85,000 stimulus checks to inmates in April worth about $100 million but revised its policy a month later and said incarcerated people don’t qualify and that the money that has been sent out should be returned.

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