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1,100 Inmates Collect Over $2 Million in Unemployment Insurance.

Written by Gary North on October 11, 2012

In Chicago, inmates know how to work the system. One inmate collected $43,000 in unemployment benefits.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security officials has warned prisoners that they could face prosecution. But, being optimistic, the agency hopes that the inmates will return their ill-gotten gains voluntarily.

Of course. The milk of human kindness flows like a river in Illinois prisons.

The spokesman is not sure how many inmates will be prosecuted.

Let’s see. The inmates collected on average $2,000. Now, all the Department has to do is schedule 1,100 court dates. The court will have to supply courtroom space and lawyers from the District Attorney. The prisoners, being destitute, will have to be supplied with free lawyers.

This will be done to collect on average $2,000.

So, the Department will prosecute selectively, the spokesman says. I’ll bet.

Then there is the policing system of the unemployment bureaucracy. “People collecting unemployment benefits have to certify every two weeks they’re eligible. That includes showing they’re available to work and looking for work.” Did they check the addresses of the prisoners?

The system is stupid. It is nice that we get to see this once in a while. Nothing will change, but it provides entertainment.

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19 thoughts on “1,100 Inmates Collect Over $2 Million in Unemployment Insurance.

  1. This is but more fallout from modern Christianity's embarrassment of Yahweh's altogether righteous judgments (Psalm 19:9), which do not include tax-subsidized prisons, paid for by victims and other innocents.

    For more, see Chapter 17 "Amendment 8: Bail, Fines, and Cruel and Unusual Punishement" of "Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective" at http://www.missiontoisrael.org/biblelaw-constitut…. Also, don't miss our Constitution Survey in the right-hand side bar.

  2. Give it a rest Ted.

  3. Texas Chris says:

    We put so many people in jail for victimless crime that we can't possibly keep an eye on them all, then we're surprised when they actually start to behave like criminals?


  4. Give what a rest, telling the truth?

  5. Robert Alexander says:

    Tell me why would MANS system be more productive than what Yahweah lays out in the bible?
    It fails on every corner.
    Whereas Gods simply works.

  6. Read the book "The Criminalization of America." It tells the story very well.

  7. John Englehutt says:

    Prisons and unemployment checks–I challenge anyone to find a Biblical mandate for the government to be involved in either one of these things. You won't–there isn't one.
    People depart from God and go their own way, but what they don't count on is that, in so doing, they are bringing judgment on themselves and their societies. The prison system and the oppressive taxation necessary to maintain the welfare state are indeed curses in and of themselves.

  8. What are they going to do?

    Put them in prison? 🙂

  9. And they say crime doesn't pay. Really?

  10. If you voted for Obama because he is black, you are a racist. If you didn't vote for Obama because he is black, you are a racist. I did not vote for Obama because his campaign was all talk and no substance. He did not say what "Change" was and now we know and I'm glad I didn't vote for him.

    One more government system that is run badly. Is this a surprise?

    independent voter

  11. As we've herd on the news lately, many states are desperately looking for ways to balance their budget. More new taxes here, cuts there, expense items are being scrutinized under a microscope now all because of lower tax revenues caused by the decrease in taxpayers, caused by so many people without jobs.

    These 1,100 prisión inmate's are no doubt just one example of a mismanaged government program because all they do is raise taxes instead of auditing where they are spending our money. The moral of the story is the more money we give government, the more they waste it and come back asking for more.

    Historically government had so much money that they didn't need to audit any expenses. Daffy Duck could balance a budget if all he had to do was stick a bucket back into that bottomless well of tax dollars to cover wasteful spending. Government had so much money that they didn't know what to do with it all.

    We need to cut taxes so government will once and for all, do their jobs and manage/control their expenses or at the lease, be aware of their expenses. There may be some sunshine coming from these disastrous financial times after all. We need to keep the heat on government to account for their spending. The ONLY way to keep that heat on is to severely cut their income so they keep looking for waste and then eliminating it.

    Lastly, we can't blame government for all the problems because after all they are us. Know what your voting for and be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

  12. Now that sounds pretty serious Texas Chris. Help us out OK ? Can you define "victimless crime" and maybe give us a few examples of such.

  13. Does this really surprise anyone?

  14. Sharon Jeanguenat says:

    I agree with you. We keep electing the same people over & over again, even when they've been accused in a crime of some sort, or even censored by the House. I'm talking about Charlie Rangel, who was overwhelmingly re-elected, even though the House, even Pelosi, said he was guilty of unethical behavior. Or in the case of Pelosi, where San Francisco keeps re-electing her, even though she made SURE her hubby's business benefited from her not allowing a law to be passed. People who deliberately vote for a crook, deserve everything they get. Unfortunately, the rest of us have to pay right along with them. And, shame on Christians for either not voting at all, or voting for those who in no way represent God's laws.

  15. Do these benefits go directly to the inmates, or are they used to support their innocent families? If the benefits would have been theirs had they not gone to prison, then the families, especially minor children should be able to receive support from these funds. They are innocent victims of their parent's stupidity. But the inmates themselves should not be receiving anything.

  16. Right, Jay. A crime is an act against a person. So persons who have had crimes commited against them are the victims. Therefore, there is no such thing as a "victimless crime". There are wrong things done that are not done to people, so there could be "victimless wrongs".

  17. Ron,

    "A crime is an act against a person. So persons who have had crimes commited against them are the victims. Therefore, there is no such thing as a 'victimless crime'."

    Oh really? How about this (and Jay, here's one example per your request to Texas Chris):

    Carrying a concealed weapon without a "permit", is a "crime" in many states, punishable by jail time. Most states' statutes define a crime as any offense that carries a jail sentence. If there's no jail sentence, it's a mere civil forfeiture.

    Now, please identify "the victim" of this "crime", i.e., the mere act of carrying a concealed weapon.

  18. Maybe when candidates campaign, they should do so from shadowed enclosures and use voice alteration technology so that nobody can determine their race. Then the people would be forced to actually consider and vote according their stance on the issues.

    Well, it was a thought.

  19. Ron,

    I guess there's no victim, is there ? I could give many more examples, but I think you get the point.

    Under God's Commandments, Statutes and Judgments, justice for both civil and criminal matters is the object. And yes, there needs to be a victim.

    Moreover, His Law requires restitution to the victim, not the state via the "Law Enforcement Growth Industry" and punishment of you and the rest of society via "taxes" to house, feed and shelter criminals at the rate of about 80 or 90.00 per day of incarceration and about 40 or 50.00 per day for probation or parole.

    How's this wonderful system in America working out for everybody so far ??