As Amended by House Committee on
Corrections and Juvenile Justice

HB 2522, as amended, would require the Secretary of
Corrections (Secretary) to prepare inmates for release from
custody by assisting with gathering identification
documentation and providing records of the inmate’s
education and work while in custody.
The bill would require the Secretary and all State
agencies to coordinate to implement the provisions of the bill.
Further, the bill would specify its documentation provisions do
not apply to inmates who are to be released to another
jurisdiction on a warrant or detainer or who are physically or
mentally unable to return to the workforce upon release, as
determined by the Secretary.

Citizenship Documentation
The bill would require the Secretary, within nine months
of release, to determine whether an inmate has current
versions of certain identification documentation. Specifically,
the Secretary must determine whether the inmate’s
documentation includes a certified copy of the inmate's birth
certificate and Social Security card or replacement Social
Security card. If any documentation is determined to be
missing or unavailable, the Secretary would be required to
make reasonable efforts to provide any such documentation
to the inmate.
*Supplemental notes are prepared by the Legislative Research
Department and do not express legislative intent. The supplemental
note and fiscal note for this bill may be accessed on the Internet at
Other Documentation
Additionally, the bill would require the Secretary to
provide each inmate with:
● A Kansas nondriver's identification card; and
● Certain Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC)
records, if applicable, including:
○ Vocational training record;
○ Work record;
○ Any educational certificate or diplomas
received by the inmate; and
○ A resume that includes any trade or skills
learned by the inmate.
The bill was introduced by the House Committee on
Corrections and Juvenile Justice at the request of
Representative Owens.

House Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice
In the House Committee hearing, the Secretary of
Corrections provided proponent testimony. The Secretary
stated KDOC has made it a policy to assist inmates in
obtaining the documents covered by the bill, and providing
opportunities for residents to reenter society as fully-engaged
citizens is key to reducing recidivism.
No other testimony was provided.
The House Committee amended the bill to direct the
Secretary to provide inmates with a nondriver's identification
card rather than an identification certificate for the purpose of
obtaining a replacement driver’s license.

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Fiscal Information
According to the fiscal note prepared by the Division of
the Budget on the bill, as introduced, KDOC estimates
additional State General Fund expenditures of $418,502 in
FY 2025 and $423,208 in FY 2026, as well as the creation of
4.0 FTE positions.
Any fiscal effect associated with enactment of the bill is
not reflected in the FY 2025 Governor's Budget Report.
Department of Corrections; inmate release; nondriver's identification; birth certificate;
Social Security card

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