Obama to become first sitting President to visit federal prison

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  • At the prison, Obama will also conduct an interview with VICE
  • The visit will be a part of a two-day trip to Oklahoma

Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama next week will become the first sitting President to visit a federal prison, the White House announced Friday.

Obama will visit El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma, next Thursday, where he will meet with inmates and law enforcement officials, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.
At the prison, Obama will also conduct an interview with VICE that will be a part of a documentary airing this fall on HBO focusing on America's "broken criminal justice system," according to a press release from VICE. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, El Reno is a medium security federal correctional institution.
    At a news conference last week, Obama said reforming the criminal justice system was a top priority for his remaining time in office.
    On Tuesday, Obama will speak at the 106th Annual NAACP Convention in Philadelphia, where Josh Earnest said the President will outline "injustice" in the system and highlight ideas for reform.
    The visit to El Reno will be a part of a two-day trip to Oklahoma. On Wednesday, the President will start his visit in Durant, where he will speak to the Choctaw Nation and make remarks on expanding economic opportunity.