Members of a legislative oversight committee in Charleston, West Virginia have come up with an interesting new use for ID cards. The committee has created an ID card program for lawmakers who require quick access to prisons and jails in order to investigate complaints or follow up on other issues. In the past, some lawmakers have been denied admission or delayed in their attempts to conduct surprise inspections. The new card program eliminates these problems and allows for immediate access to those with a special ID card.

Each member of the ID program will actually receive two ID cards – one that is left at the front desk of the institution, and another to carry at all times while touring the facility. Lawmakers will be able to work in small teams, gain quick entry, and carry out surprise inspections before knowledge of the visit is leaked.
The committee is also looking at other uses for the new ID system. One project already underway involves producing personalized photo ID cards for existing inmates who are re-entering society. Having a recognized form of photo identification helps them as they seek employment and try to get their lives back together.
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