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Cayuga County initiative provides state ID’s to incarcerated people upon release

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Cayuga County Clerk Sue Dwyer and Sheriff Brian Schenck announced a new initiative aimed at aiding the successful re-entry of incarcerated individuals into the community. The program, created through a partnership with the Cayuga County Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Custody Division, facilitates the issuance of state identification cards and licenses to individuals upon their release from jail. The initiative is funded through the incarcerated individuals’ commissary funds, ensuring no additional costs to local taxpayers.


NYS DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder endorsed the initiative, stating the importance of valid photo ID in the successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals. Such identification, he stressed, is crucial for accessing essential services, housing, and employment, and its availability can significantly reduce the likelihood of recidivism. The commissioner lauded the efforts of County Clerk Sue Dwyer and the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office in implementing this crucial initiative.

County Clerk Sue Dwyer expressed pride in the fact that the Cayuga jail is the first in New York State to offer this program. She credited the collaboration between NYS DMV Commissioner Shroeder, the local Clerk’s Office, County Sheriff Schenck, Jail Transition Coordinator Michelle Applebee, and DMV Supervisor Peter Thomas as being pivotal to the success and implementation of the program. Dwyer emphasized the importance of providing identification documents to individuals transitioning out of incarceration as a crucial first step toward successful re-entry into the community.

Sheriff Brian Schenck expressed his gratitude to Clerk Dwyer, her staff, state DMV partners, and the officers at the Sheriff’s Office for their dedication to the program. He emphasized the role of the initiative in complementing their ongoing efforts to prepare incarcerated individuals for successful reintegration into the local community, ultimately aimed at reducing recidivism.



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