It seems that Obama wants prison reform and new gun control laws. This week he will be traveling to his hometown of Chicago where he will talk to a group of police chiefs. Their discussion will focus mainly on the problem of prisons which are growing overpopulated and how they could fix this issue.
The President also wants to start the divisive topic of gun control during the speech he will hold in front of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
A White House official told us that the main focus of his conversation will be the reform of the criminal justice system. He wants to make the system smarter, fairer and more effective while also approaching the subject of better gun safety laws.
He is also trying to take advantage of the bipartisan movement that is trying to reduce the huge prison population with which the country is struggling right now. If he manages to do this it would be a huge legislative victory for him. Especially given the fact that he only has 15 months left in office.
The main argument that Obama and his party are using is that mass incarceration is shredding families apart all over the country, especially in colored communities. Their main emphasis is on the huge budget that goes every year into imprisoning nonviolent drug offenders.
Just this summer the President asked Congress if they could write a reform bill for the criminal justice system by the year’s end. A large step forward was taken last week on this issue, when the Senate Judiciary Committee forwarded a bill that focuses on reducing mandatory minimum sentences.
Sadly everything is not that easy. This new legislation now has to pass through the hands of the House and Senate who have to vote on it. If the bill does manage to reach Obama’s desk it would still be a huge victory, especially in a time when Congress is in turmoil due to the election-year politics.
In the end the main issue at hand for Obama is gun violence. The huge number of mass shootings that have taken place in the last few years have cast quite a nasty shadow over his presidency. Only time will tell if something good will actually come out of all of this.
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