House Bill 838, sponsored by Rep. Nick Bain, allows individuals leaving state prisons to use Mississippi Department of Corrections documents as qualifying papers to obtain a driver’s license.

For ex-offenders to land gainful employment, they generally need a driver’s license. Something that has been a hinderance. This will make that process easier by allowing MDOC documents in lieu of a birth certificate or social security card.

As more ex-offenders enter the workforce, we will then see a decrease in our recidivism rate and an increase in our employment rate.

MCPP has reviewed this legislation and finds that it is aligned with our principles and therefore should be supported. 

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