Social Security Benefits and the Criminal Element in West Virginia
The aforementioned statistics are very disturbing. As a Bail Enforcement Agent it is never a surprise to me when I ask the defendant what they do for a living and they proudly proclaim they are on SSI. What comes next is even more disgusting when I ask them if their parents work. The answer is usually almost always the same they’re on SSI too. It amazes me that a person who’s on SSI can go out and rob someone, sell drugs, or beat their wife, but they cannot work.
On one occasion, I received a call from a lady who wanted to bail her husband out of jail for DUI, which is driving under the influence of alcohol. I asked where her husband worked and she said he’s on SSI because he has depression. I then asked her if she had any income and she said she makes $2000 a month. I asked her where she worked and she said she makes $1300 a month from SSI and her son makes $700 from SSI too because he can’t read or write. She continued on to talk