CHICAGO – Prior to a meeting of the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, Gov. Bruce Rauner, Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) and Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago) on Thursday voiced their support for the General Assembly to pass bipartisan legislation to ensure that any person being released from the Department of Corrections or Department of Juvenile Justice has a valid state identification card upon release.
“In order to combat recidivism we need to remove some of the hurdles offenders face when they are released from a detention facility and begin to re-integrate into society,” Rauner said. “In this case, it’s the simple step of providing an offender with a state ID. For a newly released offender preparing to re-enter society, the importance of having a valid form of identification cannot be overstated, as it’s needed to do basic things like sign a lease, get a cellphone or open a bank account. I urge the House of Representatives to join us in helping to end the cycle of recidivism by giving former offenders another tool necessary to be successful and thrive.”
SB 3368, approved unanimously by the Senate in April, requires the secretary of state to issue a standard Illinois ID card, at the time of their release, to any person being released from an adult or juvenile detention facility who present their birth certificate, Social Security card and two proofs of address. For individuals without these documents, the secretary of state will issue a limited-term, 90-day ID to released individuals who present a verified document from the Department of Corrections or Department of Juvenile Justice with their name, birth date, Social Security number and proof of address. They have 90 days to present this ID at the secretary of state to receive a standard issue ID.
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 percent by 2025.