- Associated Press - Friday, July 4, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Officials say some former Utah inmates will have a better chance at getting a job and finding a place to live under a new program at the state prison.

Approved by lawmakers and the governor last year, the program went into effect this week. It sets up a driver’s license office at the prison in Draper. Anyone who’s eligible can stop by on the day of their release to get an ID valid for six months.

Prison spokeswoman Brooke Adams said in a Thursday statement that in years past, several offenders have found the documents they need to apply for housing, jobs or assistance are lost or no longer valid.

Officers at the facility say the program will help people leaving prison to regain their place in the community.

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