Article from The Hill by Lydia Wheeler.

President Trump and Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser, met with criminal justice reform advocates Thursday, giving new hope that action to reverse the nation’s burgeoning incarceration rates is still possible.

A White House official told The Hill the meeting was focused on prison reform and reentry, as well as the successes states like Georgia, Kansas and Kentucky have had in enacting programs aimed at reducing recidivism rates and rehabilitating inmates.

Trump said during the meeting that his administration is committed to helping former inmates become productive, law abiding members of society.

“Two-thirds of the 650,000 people released from prison each year are arrested again within three years,” he said. “We can help break this viscous cycle through job training, very important, job training, mentoring and drug addiction treatment. … We’ll be very tough on crime, but we will provide a ladder of opportunity for the future.”

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