Trump, Pence communicate at White Home dialogue on jail reform — stay updates (News)

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Up to date Might 18, 2018 11:13 AM EDT

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are talking at a jail reform summit the White Home is internet hosting Friday, because the administration seems to be to see what modifications it’d impact.

Pence, taking to the rostrum, known as jail reform a high precedence for the Trump administration. Pence mentioned the present jail system “too typically” misses a possibility to assist enhance folks’s lives, and as a substitute simply makes American communities extra harmful. Pence mentioned the Trump administration will proceed to carry accountable those that break the legislation, but additionally acknowledge that too many ex-offenders really feel they’ve nowhere else to show as soon as they go away jail, and return to crime. 

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“Jail reform is about altering lives, and about altering communities,” Pence mentioned.

The White Home has hosted such discussions earlier than, though not in such a big summit. However the reforms Mr. Trump’s administration has floated earlier than principally entailed higher getting ready inmates for reentry and lowering recidivism charges, not the sentencing reform that liberals and a few conservatives have hoped for lately.

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Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has made jail reform a high difficulty in his portfolio, and it was Kushner who first spoke to kick off the summit. 

The White Home has introduced in exterior teams, just like the Koch brothers-affiliated Koch Industries and Freedom Companions, and jail reform teams, for enter. Freedom Companions Chairman Mark Holden has labored on the problem with the White Home for months. CBS News interviewed Holden on the problem earlier this 12 months.

“We again a big selection of significant legal justice reforms, however relating to jail reform there’s near-unanimous assist from individuals who acknowledge that it’s a vital first step ahead,” Holden mentioned in a press release Friday. “We’re thrilled to be working with members of Congress, the White Home and advocates on all sides to make jail reform a actuality this 12 months.”

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Mr. Trump’s rhetoric, each earlier than and after his election, has been to behave powerful on crime and criminals, which some have identified appears to contradict with pursuing jail reform. 

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