Kushner and Cornyn to tour Texas prison in support of reforms

Kushner and Cornyn to tour Texas prison in support of reforms
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE’s son-in-law and adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Trump: 'We already started' talks to get A$AP Rocky home from Sweden Kim Kardashian West thanks Trump, Kushner for helping efforts to free A$AP Rocky from Swedish jail MORE is hitting the road Friday with Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynGOP wants commitment that Trump will sign budget deal Hillicon Valley: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids' internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections Senators introduce legislation to boost cyber defense training in high school MORE (R-Texas) to promote a prison reform bill that seeks to incentivize prisoners to complete programs that reduce recidivism.

Cornyn and Kushner are traveling to Texas to tour the Seagoville Federal Correctional Institution outside Dallas, a spokeswoman for Cornyn told The Hill.

“They will also receive briefings on how the prison prepares inmates to successfully reenter the community as well as their residential drug treatment program,” she said.

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According to Cornyn's office, the duo will also be joined by Mark Inch, director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and hear from Texas-based recidivism reduction groups, tour the prison and visit with inmates before holding a press conference.

The legislation they are touting is a revision of the Corrections Act Cornyn previously offered. Known as First Step, the bipartisan bill allows prisoners to earn time credits for completing prison programs like education and job training. Inmates can then use those credits to serve the remaining days of their sentence in a halfway house or home confinement.

The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to send its companion bill to the House floor.

The legislation, which provides the Bureau of Prisons with $50 million annually for five years for prison programming, has divided Democrats and liberal groups. 

Opponents of the measure are pushing for a more comprehensive criminal justice bill that includes reductions to mandatory minimum sentences.

Conservatives, however, have been able to get more Democratic support over the last few weeks by including language that creates more opportunities for prisoners to earn time credits, limiting the use of restraints on pregnant women and requiring prison guards to receive de-escalation training.