Trump to lead the Prison Reform Summit and First Step Act celebration...

Trump to lead the Prison Reform Summit and First Step Act celebration this evening

President Donald Trump voices his support for the prison reform bill last Wednesday at the White House. (Donald J. Trump/realdonaldtrump)

From the White House, this is Doug Christian

The White House – President Donald Trump arrived at here at the White House last night after a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, followed by a weekend of rest and golf at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago.

This morning, the president is scheduled to meet with the Secretary of State in the Oval Office and then he will lunch with the Vice President. After lunch, he’ll receive his intelligence briefing.

This evening at 5:30 PM, Trump will participate in the 2019 Prison Reform Summit and First Step Act Celebration in the East Room of the White House. Prison Reform and S.3649 from the 115th Congress, the First Step Act, had strong bipartisan support in the Senate with 87 senators voting in favor and just 12 Republicans opposed. The president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, lent considerable influence to get the bill passed.

It addresses a wide range of issues including, but not limited to:

Limiting the use of restraints on federal prisoners who are pregnant or in postpartum recovery;

Reducing mandatory minimum prison terms for certain nonviolent repeat drug offenses;

Permitting reduced sentences for certain nonviolent, cooperative drug offenders with limited criminal histories;

Requiring prisoners to be placed within 500 miles of their primary residence so that their relatives can visit them;

Requiring low-risk prisoners to be placed in home confinement for the maximum amount of time permitted;

Requiring the BOP to help prisoners obtain identification documents prior to release, so they can incorporate de-escalation procedures into training programs

Making tampons and sanitary napkins available free of charge;

And Limiting juvenile solitary confinement.

Doug Christian, The White House

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