President Trump on Thursday will host a “listening session” at the White House on prison reform.
A White House official told the Washington Examiner the Office of American Innovation will convene the group to “discuss ways to equip non-violent prisoners with the skills and opportunities needed for an honest second chance to correct their course in life and return to society as productive, law-abiding citizens.”
Prison reform was also discussed at Camp David this past weekend, the official said. No other details of that meeting were disclosed.
Jared Kushner, senior adviser to Trump and director of the Office of American Innovation, held a roundtable in September to discuss prison reform and related matters.
“I’m very excited to be invited to tomorrow’s meeting. We’re going to talk about criminal justice reform issues that are very important,” Mark Holden, senior vice president and general counsel of Koch Industries, told the Washington Examiner. “We think it’s incredibly important that these people come out better than they went in. It’s the right thing to do from a fiscal, policy and a moral perspective.”
According to the conservative Right on Crime — a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, in partnership with the American Conservative Union Foundation and the Prison Fellowship — the group will join Republican Govs. Matt Bevin of Kentucky, Sam Brownback of Kansas and Nathan Deal of Georgia at the listening session.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will also attend.