John Cornyn promotes prison reform in Seagoville

President Trump's top advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner was supposed to be in North Texas on Friday afternoon to discuss prison reform with Texas U.S. Sen. John Cornyn -- but things didn't quite go as planned.

Cornyn toured the federal correctional institution in Seagoville as he seeks to make prison reforms on the federal level. Cornyn had a roundtable discussion with federal prison employees and state level faith-based groups on how they prepare inmates to successfully re-enter the community. Kushner was scheduled to participate, but officials said his flight got delayed and he was unable to attend.

The goal is to rehabilitate low risk offenders giving inmates a chance to succeed when they get out of prison and he believes what works in Texas will work in Washington.

The First Step Act is a bill that, in part, allows prisoners to earn time credits for completing certain educational classes and drug abuse treatment programs. Those earned credits will enable the prisoners to serve the remaining days of their sentences in a halfway house or other pre-release programs.

“Our success here in Texas over the last, really ten years has really become a model for the nation.  What I'm trying to do in Washington, DC is take the successful model that we have here in Texas and other states and scale it up,” Cornyn said.

The federal bill aims to reduce recidivism, reduce prison spending and improve prisoner reentry back into society. Cornyn believes the legislation will save taxpayer money and reduce crime.

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