President Obama Visits Federal Prison
In his second term, President Obama visits federal prison and speaks to the inmates and law enforcement officials.. This articles discusses his thoughts after meeting with the incarcerated and those who enforce the law. This is important for those who have loved ones in prison for non-violent crimes as well as mandatory minimums, which Obama wants to address with the time he has left in the presidency.
Obama visits El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma City
The president, after issuing dozens of commutations and tackling the subject during an NAACP address earlier this week, toured the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City.
He met separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders doing time there.
In a brief statement to the media, Obama lamented the “huge surge” in incarceration since 1980, and said a primary driver of that is America’s drug laws.
What’s Obama going to do about overcrowded prisons?
From shortening the prison sentences of nearly four-dozen non-violent drug offenders to advocating the reduction, or outright elimination, of severe mandatory minimum sentences, Obama has argued forcefully this week for an alternative to the continued lengthy incarceration of people convicted of crimes he said did not fit the punishment.
Fourteen of the convicts whose sentences he commuted this week had been serving life in prison.
“If you’re a low-level drug dealer, or you violate your parole, you owe some debt to society. You have to be held accountable and make amends,” Obama said in a speech at the NAACP’s annual convention this week. “But you don’t owe 20 years. You don’t owe a life sentence. That’s disproportionate to the price that should be paid.”
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