Obama's Prison Visit Highlights Shift In Drug Policy
Obama will become the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, a sign of his administration's new attitude toward nonviolent drug offenses.By Eugene Daniels | July 12, 2015
President Obama is set to make history this week when he becomes the first sitting president to visit a federal prison on Thursday. The White House says the visit is a part of the administration's effort to reform the criminal justice system, with a focus on nonviolent drug offenders.
Last year, Obama announced a plan to start treating drug use more as a public health problem and less as a crime problem, spending fewer resources on pursuing non-violent offenders.
"A lot of times we have been so focused on arrests, incarceration, interdiction, that we don't spend as much time on how do we shrink demand," the president said in an interview with the Office of National Drug Control Policy.