On April 28,2023, the White House released the Alternatives, Rehabilitation, and Reentry Strategic Plan that details actions underway across the federal government to address the nation's criminal justice system. The federal interagency Alternatives and Reentry Committee (ARC) - established by the Executive Order on Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety (E.O. 14074) - developed this strategic plan. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was a named member of the ARC. Download the strategic plan.
To carry-out the strategic plan's goals of supporting rehabilitation during incarceration and facilitating successful reentry into society for individuals leaving incarceration, DHS committed to the following policy actions:
- Electronically publish information on the DHS-issued credential necessary for supply chain jobs at ports and transportation hubs (the Transportation Worker Identification Credential®) that clarifies that individuals with criminal history records can apply and, if initially denied, can appeal the decision or request a waiver via the redress process;
- Support the Department of Justice and Bureau of Prisons in developing a Release Folder containing all official documents providing reliable information necessary to obtain a REAL ID compliant identification from the state licensing agency where the formerly incarcerated person intends to reside; and
- Support the Department of Transportation in engaging with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), which represents all state licensing agencies, to survey jurisdictions for a toolkit of best practices for providing state-issued identification for eligible persons with criminal history records.