Sending Office: Honorable Elijah E. Cummings
Become a Cosponsor of H.R. 2232, the
New Pathways Act
Supporting Organizations: Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the Center for Law and Social Policy, JustLeadershipUSA, Campaign for Youth Justice, The Sentencing Project, the Interfaith Action for Human Rights, National Crittenton, and
the Coalition for Juvenile Justice.
Cosponsors (27): Adams, Fudge, Johnson, Payne, Kelly, Rush, Clay, Cleaver, Hayes, Butterfield, Plaskett, Richmond, Thompson, Clyburn, Scott, Jackson Lee, Johnson, Lawrence, Beatty, Wilson, Cohen, Raskin, Schakowsky, Watson Coleman, Evans,
Norton, Clarke (NY)
I invite you to cosponsor the New Pathways Act.
When individuals are released from prison, they often realize that their forms of photo identification are expired, lost, or stolen. This presents many challenges to those seeking to return to a normal life and discovering that obtaining identification documents,
such as a birth certificate, can be difficult and costly.
The New Pathways Act will give formerly incarcerated people assistance in re-entering their communities by providing them with photo IDs upon release. This aids them in securing housing, obtaining jobs, accessing social services,
and applying for educational opportunities. Being able to support themselves and their families is essential to reducing the chances that formerly incarcerated people return to the prison system.
Specifically, the New Pathways Act
requires the Bureau of Prisons to provide a photo ID when an inmate is released from federal prison or community confinement. This includes both citizens and lawful permanent residents. The Bureau is responsible for obtaining identification documents for citizens,
such as social security cards and certificates of naturalization, from federal and state agencies. In addition, the Bureau provides forms and instructions to assist noncitizens in obtaining immigration documents.
The New Pathways Act is a commonsense way to reduce recidivism.
If you have any questions or would like to sign on as a cosponsor of the bill, please contact Yvette Badu-Nimako at email@example.com.
ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS
Member of Congress
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