Obama to visit Oklahoma prison

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Obama To Visit Oklahoma Prison
President Obama is slated to become the first president to visit a federal prison while in office.

The White House announced on Friday that he will tour the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma and meet with inmates next week.

CBS News reports that the Oklahoma facility is considered a medium security prison, with about 1,300 male inmates — half of whom are nonviolent drug offenders.

Obama has aimed to focus more on criminal justice reform in his final years as the president.

His visit will be featured in an upcoming HBO documentary that dives into America's criminal justice system. It is scheduled to air next Fall.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the U.S. prison population has risen a whopping 700 percent since 1970 — as one in 99 adults are currently living behind bars.

The New York Times reports that Obama is expected to issue orders commuting the sentences of dozens of federal prisoners convicted of non-violent drug offenses. He is scheduled to visit El Reno on Thursday.

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