York County is the first in the state to provide identification cards for all inmates released from the county jail.
All released inmates will get a photo ID or driver’s license through a partnership between the county and PennDOT. The identification cards will make it easier for inmates to reintegrate into society.
“A significant hurdle for individuals leaving jail, coming back into the community, is their lack of ID,” said April Billet-Barclay, the county’s director of probation services. “Not having an ID prevents people from getting jobs, accessing benefits, getting housing, things like that.”
County Commissioner Susan Byrnes hopes other counties develop a similar program.
“It is difficult when you are released from prison. You need to have some form of personal identification,” Byrnes said. “It was a win-win for the county.”
The program is expected to help hundreds of people each year.