February 1, 2018
Prez Trump speaks again about prison reform at the 2018 House and Senate Republican Member Conference
As noted here a few days ago, President Donald Trump in his very first State of the Union address said that prior reform was on his agenda for the coming year. Lest anyone think he was not serious about this issue, today in remarks at the 2018 House and Senate Republican Member Conference he spoke again about the topic. From this official transcript, here is what Prez Trump had to say today:
We can reform our prison system to help those who have served their time get a second chance at life. And I’ve watched this, and I’ve seen it, and I’ve studied it. And people get out of prison, and they made a mistake. And not all — some are very bad, but many are very good. And they come home and they can’t get a job. It’s sad. They can’t — there’s — they can’t get a job.
Now, the best thing we’ve done to fix that, Paul, is the fact that the economy is just booming. I mean, that fixes it better than any program we can do, anything we can do at all. But the economy is so strong now and so good, and so many companies are moving in that I really believe that problem — it’s a big problem — is going to solve itself. But we’re working on it.
I find notable (and a bit amusing) Prez Trump's assertion about prison reform that he has "studied it" (and I am not quite sure what "it" he is referencing). Moreover, because I hope to see significant reforms coming out of Congress, I am bit concerned that Prez Trump is here also suggesting that the prisoner reentry problem "is going to solve itself."
Still, with Prez Trump's two statements this week about prison reform, following a White House meeting on this issue a few weeks ago, it now seems he is genuinely interested in this topic. That reality bodes well for the prospect of some measure of federal reform making it through Congress and to his desk. But what developing reform might specifically look like, and just how it gets implemented, are the critical follow-up realities. And, of course, nothing should be considered a done deal in DC until it is truly a done deal.
A few prior recent related posts:
- Interesting report of plans for Prez Trump to hold a "listening session on prison reform" this week
- Press reports indicate White House listening session to be focused only on reentry issues, not sentencing reform
- Notable comments by Prez Trump during meeting on prison review
- Encouraging new report on prospects for prison reform legislation emerging from Congress
- Detailing how AG Sessions seeks to block sentencing reforms in White House criminal justice reform push
- Prez Trump, in his first State of the Union address, mentions "reforming our prisons" and need to "get much tougher on drug dealers"
February 1, 2018 at 11:49 PM | Permalink