When people come home after decades in prison, a California ID opens up doors to jobs, housing, healthcare, and other vital services. Not having an ID means not having access to work, a home, or healthcare. This can lead to frustration, hopelessness, and likely plays a role in our current recidivism rate of over 50%.
Our Road Prison Project and other advocacy organizations are working together to ensure that people incarcerated in California State Prisons can receive their California IDs before they leave prison, so that they can start their lives with the ability to work. In the community, getting a California ID or Driver’s license requires documentation that can be difficult to obtain and can also be expensive. The most important documentation to obtain is one’s birth certificate and Social Security Card, this is the first step in getting a California ID or Driver’s license.
We are currently working with legislators to pass new legislation to expand the current Cal-ID program (initiated through AB 2308 Assembly member Stone 2014) to include people who have served long sentences. Your donation will go directly to Our Road's California ID Campaign. It will support the training and inclusion of advocate leaders who have served life sentences so that their expert voices will be heard by decision makers in the Capitol and state agencies. We want the experts to be at the table.
Just imagine your life without an ID or Driver’s license. You would be unable to work, drive, have a home, a bank account, or a credit card. Now imagine coming home from prison after decades and not having a California ID. Your donation will help to make a tremendous difference in the lives of people coming home across California. Please support our efforts.
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