Friday, July 17, 2015

President Obama Visits Federal Prison to Push for Reform



Obama during prison visit: young people make mistakes, just like me.
Posted by NowThis on Thursday, July 16, 2015
"Young people make mistakes..."

"There are people who need to be in prison," he added. "And I don't have tolerance for violent criminals." But he argued it is time to change laws that impose lengthy mandatory sentences on nonviolent drug offenders, who are disproportionately black and Latino.
 On Monday, the president commuted the sentences of 46 federal inmates, most of whom were serving lengthy terms for drug offenses. He's also calling for improved conditions inside prisons, and for steps to help young people before they run afoul of the law.
After meeting with inmates in El Reno, Obama told reporters, "These are young people who made mistakes that aren't that different than the mistakes I made and the mistakes that a lot of you guys made."
What distinguishes many convicts, he says, is a lack of support and second chances.

Source : NPR : http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/07/16/423612441/obama-visits-federal-prison-a-first-for-a-sitting-president


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