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August 1, 2018
Prez Trump says he thinks "we’ll be able to" get the FIRST STEP Act passed into law
President Donald Trump had a White House meeting with inner-city pastors today, and the even made headlined because on pastor said, as reported here, that Prez Trump may go down as the "most pro-black president" in recent history. Rather than engage with that comment, I am eager to note some of Prez Trump's comments about prison reform at the event. This link provides a transcript, and here are statements by Prez Trump that caught my eye:
Our focus on opportunity for every citizen includes helping former prisoners. These citizens reentering society have had a tough time. We want them to get jobs so they don’t have to return to a life of crime and go back into the same prison where they just got out....
We passed the First Step Act through the House, and we’re working with the Senate to pass that into law. And I think we’ll be able to do it. When we say “hire American,” we mean all Americans — every American, everybody.
And, you know, it’s something that should have been done a long time ago — prison reform.... But a lot of people are saying, “You mean it’s the Trump administration that’s doing this?” You understand. They don’t believe it. But we’re really making a tremendous amount of progress, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch.
I am not prepared to praise the Trump Administration for "making a tremendous amount of progress" unless and until I see laws enacted and real reforms implemented. But as Prez Trump continues to talk the talk on prison reform, I want to remain hopeful that real action will follow.
August 1, 2018 at 11:55 PM | Permalink
I guess I'll give him credit for saying "prison reform" out loud in public.
Posted by: Fat Bastard | Aug 2, 2018 12:05:53 AM