Criminal justice reform drew national attention last month when President Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison
Chief among his concerns are the large numbers of African Americans in prison, long sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, overcrowding and the cost to taxpayers. Prior to the visit, Obama commuted the sentences of 46 inmates with nonviolent drug charges and gave them a chance to start over.
In a July 19 episode of Weekend Edition’s “For the Record,” host Rachel Martin took the opportunity to speak with three former prisoners about the challenges they faced when re-entering the world after their sentences. Listen to the piece below.
Published on August 13, 2015