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Washington State to Issue ID Cards to Convicts Upon Release

The Department of Corrections will soon issue photo identification to offenders released from prison to aid them in obtaining new driver's licenses or Washington state identification cards, the agency announced Friday. Convicts often lack proper identification because they lost their driver's licenses or failed to keep track of other documents such as Social Security cards. That can make it more difficult upon their release to find employment or housing, which boosts their chances for recidivism, according to the Corrections Department.

State to issue convicts ID cards upon release, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 26, 2007.