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H.R. 4797 (116th): Restoring Access Through Identification Act

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Who should pay for prisoners receiving official identification prior to release?


600,000 people are released from prison each year, including 41,000 released from federal prison.

One major issue facing these ex-prisoners is a possible lack of official state-issued identification upon release, either because it was lost or expired during incarceration, or in some cases because they didn’t have such identification even pre-incarceration.

Success in the period shortly after release is the most critical period for preventing an ex-prisoner’s recidivism or getting jailed again. But both employment and housing are nearly impossible to obtain without some form of official ID.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) — which runs the federal penitentiary system — is required to help federal prisoners obtain official identification prior to reentry, but at the …

Sponsor and status

Mark Takano

Sponsor. Representative for California's 41st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Oct 22, 2019
Length: 4 pages
Oct 22, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on October 22, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


3 Cosponsors (3 Democrats)



Oct 22, 2019

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H.R. 4797 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4797. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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