UPDATED 7:18 PM PT — Thurs. August 9, 2018
President Trump holds a roundtable with state leaders on prison reform.
The president discussed the bipartisan First Step Act, which aims to help inmates prepare for life after prison, while speaking in Bedminster, New Jersey Thursday.
The bill would offer incentives for inmates to go through counseling, substance abuse programs and vocational training before reentering society.
“One of the single most important things we’re doing is to help former inmates in creating jobs.” said the president. We’re creating so many jobs that former inmates for the first time are really getting a shot at it.”
The president went on to say his administration’s goal is to help inmates train for blue collar jobs while behind bars.
He adds if inimates learn a skill they are less likely to commit crimes again.
The First Step Act passed the house in a 360-59 vote in May and is awaiting a Senate vote.