I saw this question in the comments on Jonathan Ginsberg’s site, Social Security Disability Blog:
I would like to know if a convicted felon, who is not incarcerated, can receive Title 16 SSI disability?
This is a great wrinkle on our current discussion on the effect of incarceration on Social Security disability benefits, including SSI. I encourage anyone interested in this topic to bookmark this link and check back as I will be adding articles to the subject in the days and weeks to come.
As a Social Security lawyer in Colorado, I have worked with a number of individuals with felonies and helped them get their Social Security benefits including Title 16 SSI benefits.
I am not aware of any circumstance where the fact of a prior felony prevents someone from receiving Social Security disability benefits as a result of the charge being a felony rather than a misdemeanor.
Keep in mind that we are talking about a past conviction. You cannot receive Social Security benefits while you are incarcerated.
There may be some circumstances which would change this, but I cannot think of one. So, “yes,” you can get SSI benefits even if you have been convicted of a felony in the past. However, you still have to qualify for SSI and there has to be no other problem that might keep you from getting benefits.