Collins Meets with White House to Discuss Prison Reform
WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) met with White House leaders Thursday to discuss plans to lower recidivism rates among federal offenders through vocational and other programs. Collins introduced the Prison Reform and Redemption Act this July and has been an active voice among conservatives working for prison reform.
Jared Kushner, a senior advisor to President Trump, led the meeting, which included Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), among others. As part of the small group of elected officials invited to offer legislative solutions, Collins said that Washington owes it to Americans to make progress on the issue.
“President Trump’s commitment to making our communities safer has been unwavering, and the White House’s recent meeting about prison reform indicates how committed the administration is to moving us forward. The Prison Reform and Redemption Act paves the way for healthier people to build stronger, safer neighborhoods at a time when Congress and the White House have the opportunity to be agents of positive change in this space,”said Collins.
Background: The Redemption Act would establish a post-sentencing risk-assessment and needs-assessment system in federal prisons. Under this system, prisoners would be able to participate in individualized, evidence-based programs to reduce their risk of reoffending.