In December of 2016, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation that is designed to make the transition back into society smoother for former prison inmates with post-prison ID cards. Since many inmates do not have a valid form of identification, this is not a minor initiative.
This new legislation will mandate that the Secretary of State’s Offices issue standard ID cards to individuals who are being released from either juvenile or adult correction facilities.
In order to qualify for the ID card, recipients must provide one of the following:
- Social Security card
- Birth Certificate
- Another form of identification
Rauner expressed that he hopes the implementation “will help us end the cycle of recidivism and give former offenders more tools necessary to be successful.” He went on to say that the ID cards represent a simple step for the state to provide parolees with proper identification.
Rauner, as well as legislators from both parties are devoted to taking necessary action to transition non-violent inmates from prison back into society. This is part of a grander initiative to reduce the state’s prison population by 25% before the year 2025.
The ID cards will help these individuals make a smoother transition, get a job and open a bank account. Of course the decision to live an appropriate life style and make good choices falls on the parolees.