August 9, 2018
White House emails "startling facts about America’s prison system"
Though I will not be back on-line regularly for a few more days, I am finding ways to check my emails and felt inspired to report here on what appeared at the very top of the daily email blast from the White House today. Specifically, this text and these links appeared under the heading "The startling facts about America’s prison system":
Following successful bipartisan passage of the FIRST STEP Act in the House of Representatives, President Trump is hosting a roundtable with a number of America’s governors today to discuss implementing prison reform in their states.
President Trump supports efforts to reduce recidivism — the return of former inmates to prison—as a way to make America’s streets safer. The Administration has worked closely with Congress to find a solution that reduces crime, enhances public safety, and increases opportunity for those who have earned a second chance.
“The facts about America’s prison system are startling,” Senior Advisor Jared Kushner wrote in The Wall Street Journal in April. “The U.S. has 4% of the world’s population, but roughly 25% of the world’s prisoners. . . . Of the 650,000 people who leave prison every year, two-thirds will commit a new crime within three years.”
The bottom line, says Kushner: “President Trump promised to fight for the forgotten men and women of this country—and that includes those in prison.”
Taking action: President Trump’s principles for reforming our prisons
No White House gets any credit or congratulations from me unless and until actual legislation gets enacted into law. But this email, which also noted that today "President Donald J. Trump is hosting a roundtable discussion with governors on prison reform and the FIRST STEP Act before Congress," reinforces my sense that this White House is going to keep talking up at least some measure of criminal justice reform until at least something actually gets done. Or, at least, they are fooling me into believing this is a real priority for this Administration.
August 9, 2018 at 03:39 PM | Permalink
If the facts are startling imagine that.
Posted by: John Neff | Aug 10, 2018 10:21:25 AM
"Or, at least, they are fooling me into believing this is a real priority for this Administration"
I don't think it is a priority for this Administration qua Administration. It is a priority for Kushner because he has a personal history there thanks to Chris Christie and so long as Kushner has influence over the President it will remain on the radar.
Posted by: Daniel | Aug 10, 2018 1:01:21 PM