President Barack Obama visited the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution on Thursday – extending his campaign for reform in the criminal justice system. He met with six inmates in prison for drug offenses.
“Every single one of them emphasized the fact that they had done something wrong, they are prepared to take responsibility for it, but they also urged us to think about how society could’ve reached them earlier on in life to keep them out of trouble,” Obama said.
In a speech to the NAACP in Philadelphia, Obama argued for shortening or eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for those same offenders, and against solitary confinement.
“We have to consider whether this is the smartest way for us to both control crime and rehabilitate individuals,” the president said. “We have to reconsider whether a 20 year, 30 year, life sentences for non-violent crimes is the best way for us to solve these problems.”
Would you like Canada to follow suit? Do you we need to reconsider sentencing for non-violent crimes?