White House sends prison reform priorities to Congress
Trump and Kushner. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
The White House is sending prison reform priorities to Congress, stressing re-entry, work training and rehabilitation for inmates, administration officials told the AP. President Trump is also expected to move the Federal Interagency Reentry Council from the Justice Department to the White House with an executive order this week.
Why it matters: Jared Kushner has been pushing for criminal justice reform from within the White House and has been meeting with activists for months. While the White House priorities don’t include the more controversial sentencing reforms included in the bipartisan Grassley-Durbin bill, White House support could make it more likely that Congress holds a vote on this issue.