No Photo ID, No Services: Coronavirus Poses Steep Hurdles After Prison


"Across the country, in states such as California, New Jersey, Louisiana, Illinois, and Oregon, people coming home from prison during the coronavirus crisis are running into this seemingly simple but overwhelming dilemma: How do you get an official ID when almost every licensing office is closed? And without an ID, how do you do anything? Many said they are left in limbo, unable to get a job, find housing, open a bank account, or even access basic benefits without that essential document. It’s yet another way the COVID-19 crisis has made the already difficult process of re-entry nearly impossible."

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