WASHINGTON — President Trump gave a boost to criminal justice reform efforts Friday, hosting a White House summit aimed at bridging the partisan divide and urging Congress to pass a prisons bill.
“Send a bill to my desk. I will sign it,” he told a bipartisan group of activists, experts and officials. “It will be strong and it will be good, and it will be what everybody wants.”
Trump’s proposals deal mostly with improving prison conditions and better preparing prisoners for successful re-entry into society — a step short of the kind of comprehensive sentencing reform many Democrats are hoping for. But the White House sees the prison issues as the best hope for getting a bipartisan bill passed.