President Trump convenes experts on overhaul of nation's prison system

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is convening a group of governors, criminal justice experts, and faith-based leaders to discuss ways of overhauling the nation's prison system with an eye toward reducing the rate of recidivism.

While Trump has put forward a tough-on-crime message his first year in office, the White House views changes to the prison system as an issue that could potentially gain bipartisan support in a divided Congress.

Trump says he wants those who are in prison to be able to contribute to society once they leave.

He says: "We will be very tough on crime but we will provide a ladder of opportunity."

The president was joined by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Republican Govs. Matt Bevin of Kentucky and Sam Brownback of Kansas and others during the round-table discussion.