For formerly incarcerated people, a driver’s license is one of the most important documents they need to get their life back on track. Driving is crucial to seeking employment, seeing family, securing housing, and participating in a whole host of community activities, especially in areas where public transportation is limited.
But Pennsylvania law suspends a person’s license if they’ve been convicted of a drug offense – even if the person’s offense didn’t involve the unsafe operation of a vehicle. This suspension lasts a minimum of six months, during a time that is especially critical to a person’s reentry to society after prison. This unreasonable law creates yet another challenge to that reentry, setting people leaving prison up to fail.
House Bill 163 would address this wrongheaded thinking by repealing license suspensions for drug convictions from the law. Please tell your state representative to remove this unnecessary barrier to reentry and to vote YES on HB 163.
It’s time to end unfair drug-related suspension policies, and it’s time for Pennsylvania to join the 38 other states who have already eliminated them. Contact your representative now.
Legislative Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania
I suppose my question would be…why not just use the PA ID card if your drivers licence is suspended for ID verification