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President Obama Makes History by Visiting Federal Prison

by Mary C. Piemonte

U.S. President Barack Obama at NAACP Convention in Philadelphia on July 14, 2015.

U.S. President Barack Obama at NAACP Convention in Philadelphia on July 14, 2015.

Barack Obama made history recently, when he became the first U.S. President to visit a federal prison.

He went to a medium-security lockup in El Reno, Oklahoma,“to shine a spotlight”on his criminal justice reform efforts that include reform “in the cell block” according to remarks he made two days earlier at the NAACP’s 106th national convention in Philadelphia, Pa. on July 14, 2015.
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Reform Efforts Underway for Low-Level Federal Drug Crimes

by Mary C. Piemonte

Department of Justice courtesy photo of U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole

The cost to maintain “the crushing” American prison population is “unsustainable,” and if we don’t find a solution to the federal prison population problem, “public safety is going to suffer,” U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole recently told some judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys at the New York State Bar Association annual meeting about the “crisis in the American criminal justice system” on Jan. 30, 2014.

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