• ID Cards for Released Prisoners: Bill Passes California House and Senate

    The California State Legislature has approved a bill by Assemblymember Stone (D-Monterey Bay) that would help people released from prison successfully reintegrate into their communities. AB 2308 ensures that all eligible individuals released from prison have a valid identification (ID) card that they can use to access critical services that will help reduce recidivism. The bill now goes to the Governor for signature or veto. If signed by the Governor, it will become law on January 1, 2015.

    “The passage of AB 2308 with support from both Democrats and Republicans demonstrates the legislature’s commitment to reducing recidivism,” said Stone. “Providing a valid ID card is a simple step that can make all the difference in accessing healthcare, a job and a place to live. I urge the Governor to sign this measure.”

    The need for people released from prison to have valid ID is widely recognized by the legislature, law enforcement and community organizations. Without ID, those released from prison are unable to achieve basic goals of community reentry such as getting hired, opening a bank account, or renting an apartment. They also face difficulties in accessing services that can help them establish their independence, such as MediCal or CalFresh.

    The state budget signed into law by Governor Brown included $2.175 million dollars to fund AB 2308.

    Stone serves as a member of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #5 Public Safety and the Assembly Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment where he is involved in policy decisions regarding prison and jail overcrowding, recidivism reduction, and statewide public safety issues.

    Assemblymember Stone’s website:  www.asmdc.org/stone

    posted to Cedar Street Times on August 27, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News

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