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Trump and Sessions show interest in prison reform

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President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressed openness to prison reform proposals focused on reducing recidivism and aiding re-entry to society presented in a meeting Thursday afternoon, Koch Industries' general counsel Mark Holden, who was in the room, tells Axios.

Breaking it down: Prison reform focuses on helping convicts prepare for re-entry and find jobs once released, and has bipartisan support, while sentencing reform efforts tend to lose "tough on crime" conservatives — i.e. Jeff Sessions. Holden said he hopes prison reform can be the start to broader federal criminal justice reform.