Since 2009, the Indiana Department of Correction has partnered with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle to provide offenders who are approaching their release date with valid identification. To do so, the BMV mobile unit began an on site program by bringing the BMV to prisons.
In, 2011, the mobile unit provided 2,999 offenders with identification. The "BMV 2 You" truck travels Indiana roads each week to different correctional facilities assisting eligible offenders. More than 2,000 pieces of identification have already been processed exceeding mid-year totals for last year.
Recently, the mobile BMV visited the Putnamville Correctional Facility. Arranged by Re-Entry Coordinator Kelli Searing, 319 offenders were processed over a three-day period.
BMV staff commended the PCF staff, stating: 'Everything is always well organized and runs smoothly, when we visit Putnamville. Their staff does a great job."
The mobile unit is scheduled to return to the facility again this month.
In June of this year the program expanded. Due to the BMV reporting that it was inundated with letters of request from offenders wanting copies of their driving records, BMV personnel trained IDOC staff to read and print driving records for offenders, on site at facilities.
To date, prison staff has printed 200 driving records, saving the BMV valuable time and resources.
"Valid identification is required for anyone to obtain employment and housing, both of which are key for ex-offenders to successfully re-enter our communities, and, to negate recidivism, PCF Superintendent Stanley Knight said. "This serves as yet another example of state agencies working together to benefit the residents of our state."