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    12 Jul 2015

    BREAKING: Obama Going To Federal Prison

     This week, President Obama will be the first president in US history to go to federal prison.
    From Yahoo! News:
    President Obama will use his clemency power to release dozens of inmates from federal custody this week, doubling the commutations he’s granted so far and reassuring advocates that he is serious about using his executive authority to free people serving long decades for nonviolent crimes.

    If the president grants another 40 or so commutations as expected, he will have shortened the sentences of more prisoners than any president since Gerald Ford, who extended clemency to thousands of Vietnam draft dodgers. (Obama’s record on pardoning ex-convicts outside of prison, however, has remained stingy by historical standards.)
    The commutations will be granted during a criminal-justice-heavy week for the president. On Tuesday, he addresses the NAACP’s annual conference in Philadelphia, where he will speak about the need to reform mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent crimes, which disproportionately affect men and women of color.On Thursday, Obama will travel to El Reno prison in Oklahoma, becoming the first sitting president to tour a federal prison, according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest. The president will also give an interview to VICE magazine at the prison, on his criminal justice reform efforts.
    Obama’s done a lot of things that no president’s ever done before, of course. Now, if only they’ll keep him there…
    Breitbart adds:
    Vice Media will be attending the event, featuring the president in an HBO special with CEO Shane Smith, marking the first sitting United States president to visit a federal prison.
    The event will take place at the El Reno federal prison, which houses 1,300 inmates. According to a news release, Obama is expected to meet with prisoners, prison staff, and law enforcement officials.
    “There’s an emerging consensus in this country — on both the right and the left — that the way we treat criminal offenders is utterly broken and weakening our society in profound ways,” Smith said in a statement. “Visiting El Reno with President Obama — the first-ever visit to a federal prison by a sitting president — will give our viewers a firsthand look into how the president is thinking about this problem, from the policy level down to one on one conversations with the men and women living this reality. It’s going to be fascinating.”

    Smith, who has hired former Obama “body man” Reggie Love and former Obama Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco has enjoyed an unprecedented level of media access from the White House.
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