Free birth certificates a second chance?

Illinois Capitol News
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ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Wednesday, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill allowing people released from the Department of Corrections to get a copy of their birth certificate for free.

The bill, which was unanimously approved in both chambers of the General Assembly, removes a financial barrier, typically $15, for men and women who are trying to get back on track following release from prison.

Gov. Rauner had this to say:

I am proud to sign this legislation that removes an unnecessary obstacle standing in the way of an offender’s second chance at life. When men and women leave a correctional facility and don’t have a birth certificate, they can’t do the most basic things. People need birth certificates to prove their identity, to find housing, to get a job and earn a decent wage. This legislation is just one more step in our effort to reduce the prison population and give people a real second chance.

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