prison reform

Just before Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, published studies showed an estimated 20,000 people were punished for crimes they didn't commit. These wrongful convictions led to a record high rate of criminal exonerations. What will President Trump do to fix this daunting problem in America?

 **UPDATE : President Trump signed into law a historic criminal reform bill called the Frst Step Act.

5/18/18: Trump pushes for prison reform at a White House summit.  "Send a bill to my desk. I will sign it," he told a bipartisan group of activists, experts and officials. "It will be strong and it will be good, and it will be what everybody wants." 

5/22/18: Days later a Trump-backed prison reform bill sailed through the House, easily passing in a 360-59 vote. The bill (First Step Act) would provide more education for federal prisoners and gives them a second chance after their release.

8/4/18: President Trump focused on efforts to reform the prison system meeting with faith leaders and lawmakers at the White House.  Inner-city pastors black pastors praised Trump as 'pro-black' at the prison reform event.

8/4/18: Trump said that his administration is working to pass a major prison reform. It would combine the prison reform bill passed by the House in May — the First Step Act — with four sentencing reform provisions that have bipartisan Senate backing.

12/22/18: President Trump has signed into law a historic prison reform bill called the First Step Act. The act expands rehabilitative opportunities, increases “good time”-served credits for most federal prisoners, reduces mandatory minimum sentences for a number of drug-related crimes and formally bans some correctional practices including the shackling of pregnant women. 

4/12/19: President Trump participates in the 2019 Prison Reform Summit and First Step Act Celebration which invited some black Americans who have been released because of the program.