Obama to Visit Prison, First Time for a President

It's for an HBO documentary
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2015 5:54 PM CDT
President Barack Obama listens as Vietnamese Communist party secretary general Nguyen Phu Trong speaks in the Oval Office of the White House, on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Washington. Trong is the de facto...   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – President Obama will visit the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma next week, which will make him the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, reports CNN. While there on Thursday, he'll meet with inmates and be interviewed by Vice for a documentary about the criminal justice system to air on HBO in the fall, reports Variety. The premise of the show is that the current system is "utterly broken," and CNN notes that Obama has said reform will be a second-term priority. El Reno is a medium-security facility with about 1,300 inmates. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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