Barack Obama will focus on criminal justice reforms in coming weeks

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Washington | Published: October 18, 2015 4:20:38 AM

President Barack Obama says he'll travel the country in the coming weeks to encourage changes to the U.S. criminal justice system that would reduce incarceration rates.

President Barack Obama says he’ll travel the country in the coming weeks to encourage changes to the U.S. criminal justice system that would reduce incarceration rates.

Obama says he’s encouraged by lawmakers’ efforts to reduce the mandatory minimum sentence for nonviolent drug offenders. They’re also looking at rewarding prisoners with shorter sentences if they complete certain programs to cut the number of repeat offenders.

Obama says 500,000 people were behind bars in America 30 years ago. Now, there are 2.2 million.

He says many of the people in prison belong there but that the U.S. is also locking up more nonviolent offenders than ever before.

During his travels, Obama says he’ll meet with police chiefs, a community battling drug abuse and former prisoners.

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