New law helps ex-offenders get ID’s

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ILLINOIS — A new law will make it easier for ex-offenders to get back on their feet. The law will ensure any inmate or juvenile released from prison will have a valid state ID card.

The person must present his or her birth certificate, social security card or other documents authorized by the Secretary of State and two proofs of address.

For those without this documentation, the SOS will issue a limited-term, 90-day ID. Lawmakers say the new legislation helps reduce some barriers men and women face when trying to re-enter society.

The legislation was one of the recommendations made by the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform in its efforts to reduce the state’s current prison population by 25% by 2025.


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