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Article - Correctional Services




§9–609.1.    IN EFFECT

    (a)    (1)    The Commissioner of Correction shall issue an identification card to an inmate before release from confinement in a State correctional facility.

        (2)    The identification card issued under subsection (a) of this section shall meet the requirements for secondary identification for the purpose of an identification card issued by the Motor Vehicle Administration under § 12–301 of the Transportation Article.

    (b)    (1)    (i)    Except as provided in paragraph (3) of this subsection, on taking custody of an inmate sentenced to the Division of Correction, the Commissioner of Correction shall begin the process of obtaining the inmate’s birth certificate.

            (ii)    If an inmate’s birth certificate is obtained under subparagraph (i) of this paragraph, the Commissioner of Correction shall provide the inmate with the birth certificate before release from confinement in a State correctional facility.

        (2)    (i)    Except as provided in paragraph (3) of this subsection, the Commissioner of Correction shall apply to the Social Security Administration to obtain an inmate’s Social Security card:

                1.    at the earliest date possible in accordance with any memorandum of understanding between the Division of Correction and the Social Security Administration providing for the issuance of inmate Social Security cards; or

                2.    as soon as is practicable.

            (ii)    If an inmate’s Social Security card is obtained under subparagraph (i) of this paragraph, the Commissioner of Correction shall provide the inmate with the Social Security card before release from confinement in a State correctional facility.

        (3)    The Commissioner of Correction may not obtain a document under paragraph (1) or (2) of this subsection unless the inmate consents in writing to the Commissioner of Correction obtaining the document.

    (c)    On or before January 5, 2022, and each January 5 thereafter, the Department shall report to the General Assembly, in accordance with § 2–1257 of the State Government Article, the following information for the preceding calendar year:

        (1)    the number of identification cards issued to inmates under this section;

        (2)    the number of birth certificates obtained for inmates under this section, including the number of birth certificates obtained from each state;

        (3)    the number of Social Security cards obtained for inmates under this section; and

        (4)    the number of inmates released from a State correctional facility:

            (i)    with an identification card issued under § 12–301 of the Transportation Article;

            (ii)    without an identification card issued under § 12–301 of the Transportation Article;

            (iii)    with a birth certificate obtained under this section;

            (iv)    without a birth certificate obtained under this section;

            (v)    with a Social Security card obtained under this section; and

            (vi)    without a Social Security card obtained under this section.

§9–609.1.    // EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 30, 2024 PER CHAPTER 514 OF 2020 //

    (a)    The Commissioner of Correction shall issue an identification card to an inmate before release from confinement in a State correctional facility.

    (b)    The identification card issued under subsection (a) of this section shall meet the requirements for secondary identification for the purpose of an identification card issued by the Motor Vehicle Administration under § 12–301 of the Transportation Article.



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