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Obama to Unveil Plan to Help Prisoners Reenter Society

On Monday, President Barack Obama will announce a new plan that aims at helping prisoners reintegrate into society. The plan will be outlined in Newark, New Jersey.

“President Obama will continue to promote these goals by highlighting the reentry process of formerly-incarcerated individuals and announce new actions aimed at helping Americans who’ve paid their debt to society rehabilitate and reintegrate back into their communities,” the White House said in a statement.

The Hill reports:

Obama’s new directives include $8 million in federal education grants to aid reentry programs in nine communities around the country and clarifying rules for former prisoners’ access to public housing.

They also include new rule changes to ask federal job applicants about their criminal history later in the hiring process — a practice known as “banning the box.” Most federal agencies have already taken the step.

Obama will announce five cities around the country, including Newark, are committing to expand programs to help train and place former inmates in tech jobs.

The president’s trip to New Jersey is part of a nationwide tour to promote his criminal justice reform efforts, which include a bill in Congress to loosen mandatory minimum sentences for certain nonviolent drug offenders.

In July, Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison when he traveled to the El Reno Correctional Institution in Oklahoma. He spoke to a group of inmates about the importance of rehabilitation and job training to make sure they could succeed after spending time behind bars.

Photo credit: Times of Israel.

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