During his 8 years, President Obama talked a good game on prison reform. What did he do about it? Absolutely nothing! Once again, it's President Trump who has delivered.
“My administration strongly supports these efforts and I urge the House and Senate to get together … work out their differences [and] get a bill to my desk. I will sign it,” Trump said at an event the White House described as a prison reform summit.
Trump called prison reform an issue “that unites people from across the spectrum”, as he thanked progressive commentator Van Jones and his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner for their involvement in pushing for the bill.
The package, which would immediately release 4,000 federal prisoners according to some advocates, passed the House judiciary committee last week and is likely to be brought up for a vote early next week. The bill would also expand compassionate release, giving elderly and terminally ill inmates a path home, and invest tens of millions in re-entry programs. It would also end the shackling of women giving birth behind bars and provide them with necessary hygiene items at no charge.
According to TMZ, convicted rapper Meek Mill was supposed to visit the White House on Friday to discuss prison and criminal justice reform with members of President Donald Trump’s administration but Jay-Z convinced him last minute not to support the White House's cause. TMZ reported that “some celebrities have contacted Meek urging him not to go.”
Ladies Diamond and Silk went off on Jay-Z for convincing the rapper to be a no-show at the White House prison reform summit: