Reality trumps satire yet again.
"The Department of Work and Pensions said prisoners received £13 million in income support and Jobseeker's Allowance over the past three years.
Offenders are meant to have their benefits automatically stopped when they are sentenced.
The government said it would now tighten up its procedures for benefits.
The figures, released after Conservative Work and Pensions spokesman Philip Hammond tabled a Parliamentary question, show the total payout to prisoners in 2004-5 was £7 million - more than three times the amount paid out in 2002-3.
Prisoners are not entitled to claim Jobseeker's Allowance - worth up to £57.45 a week - because they are not available to work while locked up.
They are also ineligible for income support and pension credits, and generally cannot receive incapacity and disability benefits, the state pension, carer's allowance, industrial injuries benefit or maternity allowance.
Housing benefits are only given to those on remand awaiting trial.
Pensions minister James Plaskitt said in his written reply that the government did not know how much had been wrongly issued in incapacity benefit, council tax benefit or housing benefit.
He also said there were "no estimates available" for how many prisoners had received money. "
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