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Trump hosts prison reform session, in break from prosecution focus

Trump hosts prison reform session, in break from prosecution focus

"Two-thirds of the 650,000 people released from prison each year are arrested again within three years", he said.

President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has spent six months quietly working on prison reform, Axios has learned.

The president convened the meeting as part of a push by Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser, to focus on initiatives that will curb recidivism rates.

Trump and the collected Republican officials and jail change advocates concentrated quite a bit of their talk on work preparing and recovery for detainees, offering a traditionalist perspective of an issue that has since quite a while ago earned help of Republicans and Democrats.

Trump tended to the issue at Camp David prior this month amid a gathering with top Republican officials, giving it a role as something his White House will push this year.

Sessions recently announced that the Justice Department would not leave states that have legalized marijuana alone, a move that one source close to the prison reform deliberations said may unwittingly galvanize conservatives to act faster on reforms based on the states' rights argument and a desire to reduce the prison population in the US. Sam Brownback, Texas Public Policy Foundation President Brooke Rollins and Matt Schlapp of the American Conservative Union.

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In Texas, Rollins, who also serves on Trump's economic advisory committee, has worked with other advocacy groups on criminal justice reform and has helped shutter eight prisons. Kushner is looking to expand job training and mentoring programs aimed at helping inmates reintegrate into society.

"I think it's going to go very well".

She added that most of the reforms being discussed involve non-violent offenders, which doesn't step on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' pledges to crack down on crime.

"The biggest thing that we've gotten done that's been successful have been mentoring programs, private person-to-person mentoring programs", Brownback said.

But facing a narrow majority in the Senate, the White House views the issue - along with plans for a sweeping infrastructure bill - as among a handful of areas where Trump could work with Democrats in Congress.

Sessions told the group the administration was "committed to doing a better job on re-entry programs and job training programs".


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