A new report by the state Department of Employment Security says inmates in county jails and state prisons have collected around two-million dollars in unemployment benefits over the past three years.  Inmates in Cook County collected just over 700-thousand in benefits, leading the state.  

Exact numbers for state prison inmates were not available, but are expected to be low because of the time it takes to get into those prisons following conviction.  Inmates who collected unemployment while behind bars will now face state or federal charges to repay that money, and may face additional jail time.

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