NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is helping to take back the community by helping inmates get a head start on reentering into society.
On Monday, the DMV Connect stopped by the Norfolk City Jail to take photos of inmates so they can obtain ID cards.
“It’s something so small that I’d be like this is my driver’s license, but it’s so important to them,” said Russell Muncie, who is the re-entry coordinator at the jail.
Muncie said that many inmates do not have IDs, so applying for jobs or getting back on their feet once they’re released can be difficult.
“A lot are homeless so they lose it and when they come in, everything gets taken from them. Also, a lot of times it has expired,” he said.
That’s what happened to inmate Stacey Briggs’ ID.
Briggs is 32 years old and has been locked up since he was 21.
He’s a Department of Corrections inmate, but is at the Norfolk jail working with the work force program.
He’s hoping to eventually work with work release but needs an ID to do so, and is grateful the jail offers this opportunity.
“It’s not lock ‘em up, throw away the key. It’s that people are paying attention to our needs. We are human. We made mistakes,“ he said.
Briggs is just one of more than 900 inmates who have received IDs from the jail, according to the sheriff’s office.
Briggs said it’s giving them exactly what they need to stay out once they’re released.
He’s excited to be out in June.
“It’s a bit of nervousness, fear, a little bit of fear, fear of the unknown but it’s a great feeling knowing these things are behind me. That I can move forward with my life and get reacquainted with my family. Not only my family, but the people I love. I could never put that in words,” he said.
The DMV employees said there are nine teams in the state that go to other correctional facilities and jails.