Akron, OH asked in Legal Malpractice for Michigan

Q: Is it legal for a non profit/probation/rehab center staff threaten punishment if u don’t have your umployment sentthere

I have a loved one in a non profit rehab/probation center and the staff is threatening extensions as far as punishment if they don’t have their card for unemployment sent there directly is that legal during these times a lot of these people‘s families rely on Their paycheck and have families outside of there to support..the program isn’t even running Like it normally would so people aren’t getting the full benefit of the rehab/Probation center in order to excel they are stuck in their quarantine don’t get visits that they earned by making it through certain stages and steps they don’t even get video visits in jail inmates get video visits now they want to take their money and the staff is threatening 30 day extensions if they don’t have their debit card sent directly to the rehab center I just want to know if this is even legal

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Quite likely, yes. When someone is in one of those facilities, it is in lieu of sitting in jail. And for the privilege, you agree to a number of conditions - most notably an agreement to an assignment of wages and income for the duration of your stay. That would include unemployment. One can argue whether it's truly voluntary, but it is treated legally as such and is a condition of the program. Failure to comply could mean an extension or violation and termination from the program, leading to potential resentencing before the original judge.

Look at it this way: if your loved one was in jail right now, they would not be getting unemployment anyway.

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