IRS gave $1,400 stimulus checks totaling $783.5MILLION to prisoners including 'murderers and rapists' in 2020

PRISONERS including murderers and rapists who were locked up in 2020 pocketed hundreds of millions of Covid-19 stimulus cash, it was revealed on Friday. 

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) flushed inmates with $783.5million as part of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

"Earlier this year, every single Senate Democrat voted to give stimulus checks to violent criminals in prison," Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas said in a statement to Fox News. 

"Sending cash to murderers and rapists in prison has nothing to do with solving the pandemic or improving the economy. 

“Now, the same people who sent hundreds of millions of dollars as gifts to these inmates want to spend trillions more in an even bigger and more partisan bill." 


Cotton aired his concerns that the federal aid to help Americans hindered by the Covid-19 economic impact would also benefit mass murderers.

“Dylann Roof murdered nine people. He's on federal death row,” read a March 6 tweet by the senator.

“He'll be getting a $1,400 stimulus check as part of the Democrats' "COVID relief" bill.”

He also pointed out one of the Boston Marathon bombers would also be banking stimulus aid. 

“Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Bomber, murdered three people and terrorized a city,” wrote Cotton on the same day.

“He'll be getting a $1,400 stimulus check as part of the Democrats' "COVID relief" bill.”


The revelation comes following a public records request from conservative group American Crossroads which pushed the IRS to release its figures confirming they distributed the aid to 560,000 incarcerated individuals for the full tax year 2020.

It also comes after it was reported that convicted pedophile and former Olympic gymnast doctor Larry Nassar received deposits into his account over the last 3 1/2 years totaling $12,825 – $2,000 of the money came from two federal stimulus checks, according to the Washington Post.

Since Biden’s plan was passed through Congress back in March, it allocated $1,400 in stimulus funds to eligible Americans who earned less than $75,000 per year.

Both Sen. Cotton and fellow Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana tried to put the brakes on the critically needed monies going to prisoners back in March.

But their amendment failed to pass through the Democrat-dominated Congress, with lawmakers voting along party lines, Fox News confirmed. 


An outspoken critic of the amendment at the time was Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois. 

He was quick to condemn the senators’ dispute claiming too many minority families would be prevented from collecting the $1,400 payout; which came in addition to the $1,200 and $600 checks in the previous rounds of stimulus relief.

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"Given the stark racial disparities in our criminal justice system, this would cause the most harm to Black and brown families and communities already harmed by mass incarceration," Durbin said on the Senate floor back in March, according to the Austin-American Statesman.

"Children should not be forced to go hungry because a parent is incarcerated."

The Trump administration initially tried to prevent the monies from reaching prisoners.

But those efforts were thwarted by a California federal judge who specifically concluded that the legislation itself didn't exclude prisoners, according to the Los Angeles Times.

U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton those who are behind bars qualified for $1,200 checks and ruled that any attempt to circumvent them was arbitrary and capricious.

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