FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Gov. Matt Bevin encouraged President Donald Trump to continue his push for prison reform, saying it would “give millions and millions of Americans a chance at redemption.”
Trump met with governors and state attorneys general from states that already have implemented reforms to discuss next steps at his New Jersey golf club Thursday.
The administration has been pressing Congress to pass legislation giving Federal Bureau of Prisons $50 million over the next five years for drug treatment, education and job skills programs so that inmates will be better prepared to reenter society when they’re released.
Trump said the administration feels "very, very strongly" about helping former inmates find jobs. Kentucky, which is wrestling with prison overcrowding, has already intensified job training for inmates.
“It isn't just the fact that it's smart on crime or that it's financially prudent – because it is all those things – but it's the right thing to do,” Bevin said.
This is a land of second chances and of opportunity to rebuild your life," the governor told Trump.