The IRS claimed that incarcerated Americans were not eligible for stimulus payments. A judge ruled in their favor and ordered the government to pay the $100 million in stimulus checks. The IRS and the Treasury Department have 45 days to send the payments to the inmates. The CARES Act says nothing about depriving incarcerated people of stimulus payments, as some argued. The payments can be paid to other incarcerated people who have not yet received the checks. Inmates who received stimulus checks in 2009 were intercepted and returned to prison.