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On 16 July 2015, President Barack Obama became the first sitting president in U.S. history to visit a federal prison. A video of his statement is below.

“These are young people who made mistakes that aren’t that different than the mistakes I made and the mistakes that a lot of you guys made. The difference is they did not have the kinds of support structures, the second chances, the resources that would allow them to survive those mistakes.” — President Obama after visiting the federal prison in El Reno, Oklahoma:

Key Points

What’s significant about the President’s message is that it represents not just a call for prison reform, but a call for thought reform and social reform:

Video Highlights

The video below is a shorter excerpt from his longer public statement to the press.

Complete Comments to the Media

Below are the President’s complete comments to the press.

Video Still Images

Below are some video stills from the event.

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