Obama to Make First Presidential Visit to Prison for ‘Vice’ Special on HBO

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President Obama will be making the first-ever presidential visit to a federal prison for an upcoming “Vice” special on America’s criminal justice system.

Obama will go to the El Reno federal prison in Oklahoma next week for a show that will air this fall on HBO. The medium-security prison houses 1,300 inmates.

Obama and Vice founder Shane Smith, who will also host the program, will tour the facility and meet with prisoners, prison staff as well as law enforcement officials.

The interviews will be weaved into a broader HBO documentary looking at America’s approach to crime and imprisonment.

“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 press release. “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.”

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  1. Mary says:

    Unless the president actually makes changes in the judicial system, it will remain broken. He would have to change so many laws it is impossible to do this before he leaves. It’s hopeful to hear that he is going to a prison to see what it’s like, but….. What is he going to do about it? It looks to me that he just wants to get on TV to salvage some kind of legacy for himself. I don’t buy it. It’s all talk. Like it is with all of them.

  2. MR says:

    I would love to talk to president Obama and tell him our life changing story because of an inmate currently in El Reno in this drug program. I hope this program is strong enough for him because we still love him very much. Our federal agents could use some extra training as well. It’s sad the hell they too caused us even more than the actual inmate.

  3. andrea says:

    as an El Reno Oklahoma resident we feel honored to have president Obama here hes a great president who always make the effort to reach out to so many people & my father in law who’s passed on June 20 2015 he was an retired federal prison employee he sure would of loved meeting him

  4. President Obama is a president for all Americans. He is a role model for all good men. Our justice system is broken. When people can be coerced into confessions, or law enforcement pick an offender and build a case whether it is true or not, or when a 16 year old black boy gets a 10 year sentence for a small amount of marijuana, there are too many examples to list. Prison is for real criminals to keep them away from innocent civilians and/or to rehabilitate. I live in Texas when I was called for jury duty the group was asked if we could put a man in prison for 2 years for having 1 teaspoon of marijuana found on him. All I could think of is “this is the craziest day of my life”. Who could sentence a wage earning family man to 2 years in prison for a few grains of marijuana. Take that man away from his family. We need more presidents like Barak Obama who cares enough to bring attention to this failed incarceration system.

  5. Led Zeppelin says:

    LoL.. just made my day

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