The Florida Chamber applauds the Florida Senate for taking important steps to ensure former inmates reentering Florida’s workplace have appropriate documentation to obtain employment.
The Florida Chamber supports the Florida Department of Corrections, working in conjunction with the Department of Health and Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, to assist Florida-born inmates in acquiring a state ID card prior to release. As our state’s businesses continue to grow, so will our need for employees. HB 53, by Representative Charlie Stone (R-Ocala), ensures Florida inmates have the release documentation and identification necessary to obtain employment upon release.
“Florida is a state of opportunities- inmates that are trying to reenter the workforce should be given the opportunity to do so,” said Lori Constantino-Brown, President and CEO of Bridges of America. “By allowing them to receive their birth certificates and driver’s licenses, we are improving their ability to become a productive member of society, increasing their quality of life and providing businesses with a much needed workforce.”
Encouraging a smooth reentry into Florida’s workforce will strengthen the quality of life for former inmates while also provide employers with needed worker. The Florida Chamber would like to thank Rep. Stone and Senator David Simmons (R-Altamonte Springs) for sponsoring this bill.