Bennett v. Arkansas

In Bennett v. Arkansas, 485 U.S. 395, 108 S. Ct. 1204, 99 L. Ed. 2d 455 (1988), Arkansas attempted to attach certain federal benefits paid to individuals incarcerated in Arkansas prisons to reimburse the state for maintaining a prison system. Arkansas argued an "implied exception" to the broad bar of 407(a) (as here) where the state is providing public money for the care and maintenance of the SSA beneficiary. The Court found no such "care and maintenance" exception for states "given the express language of 407(a) and the clear intent of Congress that Social Security benefits not be attachable." Bennett, 485 U.S. at 397-98.