A group of Florida senators unanimously passed a bill Monday that aims to make life easier for ex-inmates upon their release from prison.
Upon their release from prison, Altamonte Springs Republican Senator David Simmons says it’s difficult for many inmates to get an ID card. And, he says making it easier would lower recidivism. Under his bill, Florida-born inmates can get an ID card as well as a copy of their birth certificate upon their release.
“It also requires the Department of Corrections to assist inmates born outside the state of Florida with completing forms needed to apply for social security card, driver’s license, or state identification card. The bill amends the statute to require the Department of Health to waive all fees for an inmate to acquire a certified copy of his or her birth certificate through the new process created in the bill,” said Simmons.