President Trump took to social media on Saturday morning to reveal his administration will be focusing their attention and effort to reform the federal prison system.
Prison reform is a long-overdue initiative that both Republicans and Democrats have advocated in favor of.
“I am proud to have fought for and secured the LOWEST African American and Hispanic unemployment rates in history,” Trump said in a tweet before announcing his next focus.
“Now I’m pushing for prison reform to give people who have paid their debt to society a second chance. I will never stop fighting for ALL Americans!”
I am proud to have fought for and secured the LOWEST African American and Hispanic unemployment rates in history. Now I’m pushing for prison reform to give people who have paid their debt to society a second chance. I will never stop fighting for ALL Americans!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2018
Members of Congress have repeatedly introduced efforts to reform federal prison systems, but few efforts have gained traction.
The President is giving people a second chance through Prison Reform. Everyone, especially my black brothers and sisters should take notice and pay attention.
— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) August 9, 2018
President Trump recently hosted a group of pastors and bishops from across the country for a roundtable discussion on prison reform, Associated Press reports.
President Donald Trump was lauded by inner-city pastors, including one who said he may go down as the “most pro-black president” in recent history, during a White House roundtable on Wednesday that was focused on efforts to reform the prison system.
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Trump told the group, which included pastors and bishops from across the country, that his administration has been making progress on efforts to make it easier for prisoners to re-enter society and find work.
“When we say hire American, we mean all Americans,” Trump said.
Among those gathered was Darrell Scott, a black Ohio pastor who was an early supporter of Trump’s campaign and has been working with the administration on urban and prison issues.
“This is probably the most pro-active administration regarding urban America and the faith-based community in my lifetime,” Scott told the group, adding, “This is probably going be … the most pro-black president that we’ve had in our lifetime.”
President @realDonaldTrump invited inner-city leaders to the White House last week to discuss prison reform focused on reentry and rehabilitation. Today, he meets with governors to keep the effort going.
More from Associated Press on the meeting ⬇️ https://t.co/Zk7wyJub96
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 9, 2018
Watch more on the roundtable discussion below:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 9, 2018
Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and senior advisor, and her husband Jared Kushner recently hosted governors across the country to an event at the White House and discussed prison reform.
As POTUS & Jared Kushner convened a bipartisan group of Governors from across the country to discuss prison reform, each of the Governors also signed our #PledgeToAmericasWorkers & joined our national campaign to invest in the skills of America’s current + future workforce! pic.twitter.com/KrlXRmo34i
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 10, 2018
Earlier in the year, television icon Kim Kardashian visited the White House and met with Trump to discuss the issue of prison reform. During her visit, she also advocated on behalf of Alice Marie Johnson, who Trump later pardoned.
President Trump seems to be continuing his streak of securing bipartisan cooperation in Congress as he previously announced he would be working alongside both Republicans and Democrats to create a Space Force, a sixth branch of the military he wants operational by 2020. It also has bipartisan support.
“This system is broken. It needs to be fixed.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 1, 2018