Obama takes on prison reform

US President Barack Obama speaks as he tours the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma, on July 16, 2015, in the first visit by a sitting US President to a federal prisonWith a ban on solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons, Barack Obama is pushing to reform an overcrowded and expensive correctional system in a country that locks up more people per capita than any other nation. Stressing that America is a nation of “redemption” and “second chances,” he limited to 60 days the first solitary confinement period for a first-time offender.

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