White House adviser Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, will travel to Texas on Friday with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), a chief sponsors of prison reform legislation aimed at reducing recidivism and rehabilitating low-risk offenders, reports the Houston Chronicle.
Kushner will tour Seagoville Federal Correctional Institution outside Dallas. Joined by federal Bureau of Prisons director Mark Inch, they will get briefings on the prison’s community reentry and residential drug treatment programs.
The trip is aimed at promoting of the First Step Act, bipartisan legislation modeled after successful reforms in Texas and other states to help ex-offenders reenter society. The legislation, which was approved this week by the House Judiciary Committee, mirrors previous corrections legislation sponsored by Cornyn that he said can reduce recidivism, save taxpayer dollars, and cut crime.
Prison reform has been a priority for Kushner, who has become the face of a White House-backed bill that is advancing despite internal GOP differences over sentencing reforms that are favored by Democrats but opposed by Trump. Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, is expected to be a key negotiator in moving the bill forward.