President Trump Delivers Remarks During Prison Reform Meeting…

While another phase of the White House remodel is underway, President Trump conducts national business from his residence in Bedminster, New Jersey.

[Transcript] Bedminister, New Jersey – THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much, everybody, for being here in Bedminster. We’ve had a lot of work. We’ve done a lot of work. They’re renovating the White House. It’s a long-term project, and they approved it years ago. And I said, well, I guess this would be a good place to be in the meantime. So they’re doing a lot of work at the White House. I miss it. I would like to be there. But this is a good way of doing it.

We have some very outstanding people with us. And I’ll make a few remarks. This is largely about prison reform — and other subjects — but largely about prison reform.

So I want to thank the governors — Matt Bevin, Phil Bryant, Doug Burgum, Nathan Deal, and John Bel Edwards — for being here today. Been friends of mine. We’ve been, I could say, in wars, but we’ve been on the same side of the wars. That’s always good.

I want to thank you also to Attorney General Pam Bondi and Ken Paxton. And Ken just filed a very interesting lawsuit, which I think is going to be very successful. I hope it’s going to be successful. I also want to recognize Secretary Rick Perry and Secretary Alex Acosta. Thank you both. Rick, thank you very much.

We are doing some great things with healthcare, Alex.


THE PRESIDENT: And you’re doing some wonderful things with energy. I hope that project comes along that we’re talking about. It’s going to help a lot of people. A lot of jobs are going to be created.


THE PRESIDENT: So I know you’re working on it.

I look forward to hearing from each of you about your experiences with prison reform and the lessons that we’ve learned. I know how Matt, in particular, you have been working so hard. Phil, you’ve been working long and hard on it — harder than anyone would know. But I can tell you, my administration feels very, very strongly about it.

One of the single most important things we’re doing is to help former inmates in creating jobs. We’re creating so many jobs that former inmates, for the first time, are really getting a shot at it, because they’re weren’t sought and now they are being sought because our unemployment rate is so low — historically low — 50 years.

Now, our economy is booming. Businesses are hiring and recruiting workers that were previously overlooked. They’re being hired. It’s a great feeling. It’s a great thing that we’ve all accomplished. We’ve created a lot of jobs in the states. And I guess I’ve helped you a lot on a national basis.

We’ve created 3.9 million more jobs since Election Day — so almost 4 million jobs — which is unthinkable. If I would have said that during the campaign, only a few of the people around this table would have believed me. But they would have. 3.9 million jobs since Election Day. That’s pretty incredible.

We’ve added more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since the election. Manufacturing employment is now growing faster than at any time than it has in three decades, over 30 years. Through the Pledge of America’s Workers, launched just last month, almost 5 million Americans will receive enhanced career training and opportunities.

And I want to thank Ivanka Trump for having done an incredible job on that. She’s really worked on it. It’s something very important to her.

I’ve really — and I’ve said it to a lot of people: Jared — I want to thank Jared for what’s happening on prison reform, because you’ve really been leading it. It’s something very close to your heart.

And as I’ve said before, we hire Americans. We want to hire and treat our Americans fairly. You know, for many years, jobs have been taken out of our country. We’ve lost our businesses. We’ve lost the hiring abilities that we had. Not anymore. Now those companies are coming back; they’re coming roaring back — to your state, to your state. They’re coming back faster than anyone thought even possible.

Our first duty is to our citizens, including those who have taken the wrong path but are seeking redemption and a new beginning. That’s people that have been in prison, and they come out and they’re having a hard time. They’re not having such a hard time anymore.

We’ve passed the First Step Act through the House, and we’re working very hard in the Senate to refine it and pass it into law. We think we’ll be successful in that regard. The bill expands vocational educational programs to eligible federal inmates so that more of them can learn a trade. And that’s what we’re doing. We’re teaching them trades. We’re teaching them different things that they can put into good use, and put into use to get jobs.

I recently met with Chairman Grassley and other members of Congress to discuss the bill. We also agreed that we must be tough on crime, especially on criminals and trafficking of drugs, and lots of other trafficking. We have a trafficking problem, including human trafficking. We’re very, very tough on that. And that’s going to remain tough, or even tougher.

We must strengthen community bonds with law enforcement, including cities like Chicago that have been an absolute and total disaster. We’ll be talking about Chicago today because that is something that, in terms of our nation, nobody would believe it could be happening. They had 63 incidents last weekend and 12 deaths.

That’s bad stuff happening, and probably, I guess, you have to take from the leadership. That’s called bad leadership. There’s no reason, in a million years, that something like that should be happening in Chicago.

We want every child to grow up in a safe neighborhood surrounded by families that are loving and helpful, and with a path to great education and a lifelong career.

I want to thank everybody for being here. And I think what we’ll do, while the media is here, maybe we’ll just go around the room real quickly and we’ll introduce yourselves. And these are people that have really worked hard on prison reform — and lots of other things, but on prison reform. And that’s largely what this meeting is about.

Governor? Please.

GOVERNOR DEAL: Well, thank you, Mr. President. I appreciate the opportunity to be here. We are very pleased with what’s happening in Georgia. We have seen, since I became Governor, a 10-percent decrease in violent crime in our state, a 20-percent overall decrease in crime. We have seen our African American percentage in our prison system drop significantly. Black American — black males has dropped almost 30 percent.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s great.

GOVERNOR DEAL: Black females dropped about 38.2 percent. Our African American commitments to our prison is at the lowest level it has been since 1987. And in states like ours, we have a disproportionate number of minorities in our prison versus our population as a whole.

We have found that reentry is a vital part of this. We find that — I did have a question I asked; I said, “What’s the most common characteristic of those in our prisons?” The answer was, 70 percent of them never graduated from high school.

So we immediately concentrated on that. We have significantly beefed up our GEDs. We’ve also brought a private charter school into our system to teach them, give them a real high school diploma. We found that if you give them a blue-collar skill, you reduce your recidivism rate by 24 percent. If you give them just the education of getting a high school diploma, it’s reduced by 19 percent.

So we have been very successful. We’re pleased about it. And we’re pleased to share whatever information we have that might be helpful.

THE PRESIDENT: Good. Thank you, again. Thank you very much.


BONDI: President, Pam Bondi, Attorney General of Florida. Thank you for doing this. As a career prosecutor, you see people who go to prison and get out of prison, and can’t find a job. And how do we expect people to succeed without being able to get a job? And you were just in Tampa — thank you for that — Tampa Bay Tech, supporting jobs for young people.

And that’s what’s so important, is reentry and being able to get a job, and training people on how to be successful. And something we did in Florida shortly after I got elected was we decoupled — if you were a convicted felon, you couldn’t get an occupational license. So how do we expect you to succeed?

So thank you for everything you’re doing, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: Good. Thank you, Pam. Thank you very much.

GOVERNOR EDWARDS: Mr. President, John Bel Edwards. And I will tell you, in Louisiana, we are proud of the work we’ve done. It’s been sentencing reform, prison reform, and a real focus on reentry. And for the first time in 20 years, I can tell you, Louisiana does not have the highest incarceration rate in the nation today.


GOVERNOR EDWARDS: And it’s paying dividends for us, and we’re reinvesting the savings —




GOVERNOR EDWARDS: Yes, sir. But we are reinvesting the savings into our reentry program and also into victim services. So we’re excited about what we’re doing, and we’re looking forward to sharing that with you.

THE PRESIDENT: Great. Great. Thank you very much. Thank you, John Bel.

Please, go ahead.

GOVERNOR BURGUM: Mr. President, Doug Burgum, Governor of North Dakota. Thank you for coming to North Dakota last month. Great to have you there.

THE PRESIDENT: Things are looking good, aren’t they?

GOVERNOR BURGUM: Things are looking great thanks to a lot of policies from this administration and the great Cabinet that you have.

As you know, you can’t really separate, today, prison reform and our prison situation from addiction. In North Dakota, 100 percent of the women that are incarcerated in our prison system have a disease of addiction. Eighty-five percent of the men in our prison have disease of addiction. And we can’t solve a healthcare — a chronic healthcare problem with punishment. We’ve got to solve it — treat it like a disease and solve it that way.


GOVERNOR BURGUM: And so I want to also thank you for the work that your administration is doing on the addiction front, because it ties directly back into this. And I think we’ve done a number of innovations we’ll be happy to share at this roundtable today. Thanks for inviting us.


GOVERNOR BURGUM: But, you know, in the end, we’re trying to create better neighbors, not better prisoners. Ninety-eight-and-a-half percent of the people that go to prison in North Dakota end up coming back out. And so we have to — when they’re there, like the other governors have talked about it, it’s education, it’s career skills, it’s treatment. Those are the things we have to focus on. If we can do that, we can turn people’s lives around and add people to the workforce. We know we need that because we got so many jobs open in this country.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Governor.

PAXTON: Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General. Thank you, Mr. President. This is obviously an important issue to Texas. I think it’s an important issue to the nation. And, Jared, I appreciate your passion for this issue.

In 2007, under the leadership of, I think, the greatest governor in my lifetime, who’s now the Secretary of Energy — is that the right department? — (laughter) — and the president of our top public policy foundation, Brooke Rollins, we passed legislation similar to what Congress is now looking at that has had a dramatic impact on our own ability to take people from prison and live productive lives.

And, you know, I could cite many statistics, but we were facing — spending $2 billion, and we didn’t spend the money. We put $241 million into treatment and to helping people find jobs. We’ve expanded that since, but it’s made a tremendous difference. We have not built any more new prisons since then. We’ve actually closed eight prisons. So it’s really made a difference, and I think it can make a difference for the nation. So I look forward to continuing the discussion.

THE PRESIDENT: How are you doing with your recently filed case? How’s that looking?

PAXTON: Well, we had a hearing yesterday, and I think it went quite well. Let’s see what the judge says. But we know we’re right on the law and we’re right on the Constitution. And so we’re confident things are going to go in the right way.

THE PRESIDENT: It’s true. Okay. Thank you.

GOVERNOR BRYANT: Thank you, Mr. President. I’m Phil Bryant of Mississippi. In 2014, we began our “Right on Crime” program. We used all the things that Georgia has been successful with, and Texas. I called both of these governors and said, “Tell me how you did it.”

I’m a former law enforcement officer, and I worked undercover narcotics cases. I’ve been out there with the worst of the worst. I put a lot of people in jail, and some of it was difficult, particularly when I was state auditor and over 100 state-wide elected officials and government employees went to jail for white-collar crimes.

So we began a really strong program working with the PEW Institute of putting that workforce training program into effect, making sure we looked at addiction, mental health. Mental health challenges within the correctional facilities are obviously rampant. Also trying to make prisons a drug-free zone and a crime-free zone within that prison, so you can’t — your life can’t be threatened every day; you can’t be attacked in prison; you can’t have access to drugs and be rehabilitated.

And then finally, the faith-based organization. It takes a change of heart. I’ve been around a lot of people who are in jail, and if their hearts aren’t changed, their lives will not be changed. So prison ministries — all of those things that government doesn’t like to admit to that works —


GOVERNOR BRYANT: — works. And so, when we bring faith back into the prison system, prisoners have hope again. And that worked better for us than anything we could have done — another reentry program, getting them jobs, getting their driver’s license, keeping them connected with their families so that they have something to work towards when they’re getting out of prison.

And I can tell you, I had to call a lot of my Republicans into the governor’s office and convince them to vote for this bill. And they were worried it was soft on crime. They were hesitant about what they were going to tell their people back home. And I said, “You tell them to call me.” Because crime is down 6 percent. We have 3,000 less inmates. We saved $40 million since 2014. And you can do the same thing. And, Jared, thank you for your leadership.

KUSHNER: Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Phil.

GOVERNOR BRYANT: Thank you, Mr. President.


SECRETARY ACOSTA: Mr. President, I’d like to make two key points. First, as you mentioned, the economy is doing incredibly well for the first time since we’ve been keeping records. We have more open jobs than we have people to fill these jobs.


SECRETARY ACOSTA: And so, these reentry programs are needed for the economy. We have jobs ready and waiting for individuals when they leave prison.

Second, I’d like to follow up on what some of you governors have said: These programs work. As you know, and others at the table know, I was U.S. attorney in Miami. And when you talk with the law enforcement communities, what they will tell you is that these programs foster public safety. When someone leaves prison, the best that could happen for them is for them to find a job. The best that can happen for society is for them to find a job and start contributing to society, rather than go back to the old ways of crime.

So this is very much a win-win for the individual, for the safety of the community, and for the economy of the nation. We have individuals that are going from a prison system, where the taxpayer is funding the system, to contributing members of society that are helping this economic growth.

And so we’re working with various governors. We put out a request for a proposal, and we got so many applications from various governors of programs that are very much outside the box, that — this fall, we intend to put out another request for proposals to fund another round of reentry efforts themselves.

I want to thank the governors, and I want to thank all that are working on this issue. It’s very important.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, you’ve been great, and your healthcare plan is going along beautifully. That is really doing something. It’s — are you surprised by the numbers you’re hearing?

SECRETARY ACOSTA: It is. Just this morning, I read an article mentioning a number of associations around the country — I believe one in Wisconsin, certainly one in Nevada — that are already forming these.

And just today, I was talking to some of the governors here about the various activity in their states. And so it’s moving very nicely.

THE PRESIDENT: It’s been great. Thank you, Alex, very much. Thank you.

Rick. Go ahead, Rick.


SECRETARY PERRY: Why don’t you go, Brooke?

ROLLINS: I would be — thank you so much, Mr. President. We’re so happy to be here. I tell you, I am overwhelmed and so encouraged. These governors are real innovators, and they’re entrepreneurs.

And what they have done is this idea of the laboratories of democracy that, in the states, we have moved so many issues forward that now, at the federal level — which I’m so honored to become part of your team — but at the federal level, we can now see what happened in the states, what’s working, what is basically lifting people to a better life — the forgotten men and women of this country.

And having lived it, in Texas, beside these two great men for more than a decade, we’ve seen firsthand how this changes lives, how it gives people second chances, how it puts communities back together, and keeps families together. So thank you for the opportunity.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Good job you’re doing.

ROLLINS: I’m glad to be here.

SECRETARY PERRY: Mr. President, thank you for bringing her onboard. I think you’re seeing, on a daily basis, what a talent she is dealing with these issues that are really important.

Two things that I want to share with the table and with you, and with the general public. And one is that it’s because of those tax policies, because of regulatory policies that you pushed through, we got more people working in America than ever before. (Applause.)

And you have to have that, because if these programs are to work when folks get out of prison, or if they don’t go to prison to begin with, then that’s our real goal.

And I want to share with these governors around here, every one of them are courageous. Because I heard it when we were doing this back in Texas, in the early and mid-2000s, that, you know, “Well, Perry, we thought you were tough on crime.” Nobody ever got me confused with being soft on crime. You know, I signed more execution orders than probably any governor in the history of this country. And that’s a sad thing, but it’s a fact.

So I’m not soft on crime. But I like to say we were smart on crime in Texas because we put these programs into place. And young people, whose lives would be destroyed if we sent them on to prison — and that’s where they really become professional criminals. And we never allowed that to happen; we gave them a second chance.

And so, Texans now really understand if we shut down eight prisons, saving some three-plus billion dollars a year in prison costs, and conservatives look at that now and go, “That was smart on crime.”

And, Pam, that’s what — that’s what people will say about you, Mr. President, is, number one, you’ve created this climate where people can have a job and have hope for the future.

And I’ll finish with this, is that you passed that piece of legislation that does — clearly reforms the prison system. And I will suggest to you, from my perspective, that sentencing reform is part of that as well.

And then you have the ability to show this country, and then these laboratories of innovation — you know, when Doug goes back up to North Dakota, and he’s puts in, for his state, the right programs, and it’s not top down, but you’ve sent the right message that, fellas, here’s the way to reform your prison system. We’re not going to be in the way. We’re not going to — we’re not going to be a hurdle for you, and you all figure out how to do it the rest of the way.

And this country can be incredibly proud of what they’re doing for the next generation of people to come along. And these governors are going to be a real key part of that.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, Rick. Very good. Thank you very much. How’s it going, energy-wise, would you say?

SECRETARY PERRY: I will tell you, I don’t know how it could be much better. (Laughter.) The people around the world, we’re selling LNG now into 30 countries on five continents.

GOVERNOR EDWARDS: A lot of it (inaudible).

SECRETARY PERRY: John, a lot out of Louisiana. Gas is headed to a lot of places.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s right.

SECRETARY PERRY: Doug, number-two oil producer in the world — or, I should say, in the United States, only behind the state of Texas. (Laughter.)

GOVERNOR BURGUM: We’re catching you.

SECRETARY PERRY: Yes, sir. (Laughter.) And we want you to. Come on. Give us your best shot.

But things are going good, sir. I mean, it is a — massive jobs being created. We got an opportunity to — you know, I don’t want to get us off track here, but oil and gas infrastructure, if there’s one thing that we, collectively — and these governors will tell you that as well — that we’ll produce it; getting it out of this country is the challenge right now.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we’ve become, as you know, number one in the world over just the last short period of time. So we’ve made it a lot easier, and yet environmentally perfect. Environmentally, really good.

But we’ve become number one in the world, and we’re now a net exporter, which nobody thought they’d ever hear. And we’re doing a lot of good things for a lot of other countries too.

So thank you very much. You’ve done a great job. Thank you.


GOVERNOR BEVIN: Mr. President, I just want to thank you again for convening this — not just once, not just twice, but on multiple occasions. I had a chance to meet a number of folks around this table. A comment was made early on, I think by you in your introductory comments, about the fact that this is a war where people can be lined up on the same side.

And the most powerful thing about this, and something I hope those of you in the media appreciate: I look at guys like John Bel Edwards in Louisiana. Represents a different party than I do in Kentucky, in terms of our political affiliation, but this is something that we’re very much of like mind on. And I think this transcends anything political.

And it’s — and again, I tip my hat to you for not only on this issue, but on others, bringing things to the political forefront that aren’t political, that have historically been ignored because they weren’t political and nobody got any points politically by doing them, but that they were the right thing to do.

And as some who have gone around this table have touched on, it isn’t just the fact that it’s smart on crime or that it’s financially prudent — because it is all those things — but it’s the right thing to do. Just the human dignity of giving people — this is a land of second chances and of opportunity to rebuild your life.

And you are giving us, through this conversation and the kind of things you’re pushing from the federal level, the encouragement from the bottom up to give millions and millions of Americans a chance at redemption. And it’s, I think, the greatest gift we can offer people.

And it’s something that, again, for all the economic reasons we’ve just mentioned, we desperately need. These are able-bodied men and women — 95 to 97 percent of the 2 million currently in prison are going to get out. And what are they going to do? Are we going to give them a path to stay out? Or are they going to go right back in?

And some of the things we’ve done in Kentucky is literally start training programs inside of the prison system. Because one of the things we do — I have two twins that are going off to college in the next couple of weeks — and every one of them, from the beginning they get to college, they have a guidance counselor that’s helping them chart their path.

I truly think it’s something we need to do within our prison system, because we’re spending just as much for every person in a prison system as we are for a kid in a college classroom. And why not give them a path for them personally to make sure they don’t come back to this place, but that they go out and become productive, tax-paying citizens who contribute and become good mothers and fathers and community members? These are the kind of things that this will afford us the chance to do.

And I — again, I truly appreciate this. It’s something, personally, that I have a passion for. And for you and your administration — and Jared, really, kudos to you, because you have done such a stellar job of bringing this to the forefront and gathering us together. And I’m grateful to the two of you for making this possible.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, Matt. And I have to say, we have tremendous political support. It a little bit surprises me. I thought that — when we started this journey about a year ago, I thought we would not have a lot of political support; we would have to convince people. We have great political support. You see what’s happening. People that I would least suspect are behind it 100 percent. So that’s a good thing.

Thank you all for being here. Thank you all very much. Thank you. Thank you very much.


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114 Responses to President Trump Delivers Remarks During Prison Reform Meeting…

  1. Nigella says:

    The President doesn’t rally “vacation” does he?!

    Liked by 18 people

    • tdaly14 says:

      He only takes a couple days for vacation, he’s always been that way. His fist wife said they would go away for 4 days and he was ready to back to work in 2 days.

      Liked by 8 people

    • Minnie says:

      Promises Made – Promises Kept

      Which is precisely why we voted him into office, along with the Divine Intervention of our loving and merciful God.

      President Trump, keeping his word to We the People.


      Liked by 26 people

      • Carrie2 says:

        Minnie, and accomplishing so much without political problems, but reasoning and sharing, and above all working together. I appreciate his appointments and what they have managed to accomplish under a REAL President who cares for our country and our people. A fantastic future ahead for many in prison to live a real American life again. Saves people, saves money, and saves America! because for darn sure most of them will vote republican to return our Trump to the WH.

        Liked by 11 people

    • Nigella says:

      Really not “rally”

      Liked by 5 people

    • goddessoftheclassroom (@goddesofthecl1) says:

      LOL, as I was clicking on “comment,” I was thinking, “Bless his heart, doesn’t he ever take a break?”

      Liked by 7 people

  2. Minnie says:

    “While another phase of the White House remodel is underway”

    More delousing, Sundance?


    Liked by 18 people

  3. DanO64 says:

    Come out it is.

    Liked by 4 people

  4. Maquis says:

    Remodel?! Chances are it’s the most epic DEBUGGING in modern history. You know, “…gold in those walls.”

    PDJT’s memoir will rival Churchill’s multi-volume WWII history; in length, scope, and consequence.


    Liked by 22 people

  5. Minnie says:

    Addressing the growing problem of addiction – YES!

    Thank you, President Trump.

    Liked by 18 people

    • Rodney Short says:

      My wifes nephew is struggling with herion addiction, he has warrants for his arrest facing 6 years in San Quinton his addiction was stronger than the judge ordering him into a rehab program.The kid violated so many rehab programs it’s sad what they call rehab in California alot of half way houses are drug houses in Humboldt county.My mother inlaw just passes away 6 days before her 90th birthday worried sick about the boy the judges dont really seem to care.Sometimes tough love is the best love and this kid could of uaed it.He just turned 26 and no one has seen him for months we think he’s dead somewhere.
      I have been clean for over 30 years and can testify that Addiction is like cancer in our society.

      Liked by 11 people

      • Minnie says:

        God bless you, Rodney.

        Most cannot comprehend the struggle of addiction.

        Too up close and personal when it affects loved ones.

        That is one path no one foresees but once it takes hold it is heart breaking, gut wrenching and soul crushing.

        Trying to help loved ones all depends on that loved one’s desire to get and stay clean.

        Until that happens all that remains for the family is faith.

        Your wife’s nephew is in my prayers.


        Liked by 11 people

    • Daniel says:

      Addiction is a problem which can only ever be effectively overcome through a combination of intelligence and personal drive. The reason why so many are addicted is that one or both are missing from their personality set.


  6. Nancy says:

    Pres Trump is a real life energizer🐰bunny! I don’t know 🤷‍♀️ how he does it! But I thank God every day that we have him as our President!!

    Liked by 12 people

  7. AmericaFirst says:

    Actually blue-collar skilled jobs internships from prison is a great idea, as well as the GED classes, but none of them should receive a diploma until they have passed a class on the CONSTITUTION and what it means to live in a Republic.

    Liked by 11 people

    • jrapdx says:

      Good idea re: classes on Constitution and how a republic functions. But shouldn’t that apply to ALL HS or GED diplomas? Shouldn’t all students be taught these subjects? The lack of basic knowledge about our system of government is as widespread as it is appalling. If we improve the education of American youth by only this measure, it would still be a worthwhile accomplishment.

      Liked by 10 people

    • booger71 says:

      They have been teaching GED and blue collar skills for several decades in Federal Prisons. Nothing against President Trump, but I think this seems to be more of Ivanka’s and Jared’s agenda. I would rather see any money spent on criminals go to bolster our High School classes in the trades which have been decimated for years.

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      • Vince says:

        “Nothing against President Trump, but I think this seems to be more of Ivanka’s and Jared’s agenda. ”

        This is not a pet project of Ivanka’s or Jared’s. This is about moving blocks of voters who are solidly democrat into the republican side.

        Liked by 1 person

        • booger71 says:

          I worked in a federal prison for 20 years. One when these criminals hit the streets they won’t be voting. They don’t like trails. If they did, it won’t be Republican. In fact, most of them I talked to think anyone who is patriotic is a sucker.

          Liked by 3 people

          • oldschool says:

            Agree with both your posts booger.

            Liked by 1 person

          • Vince says:

            I’ll grant you that, but this effort is still aiming for a larger audience than just the actual ex-prisoners.

            Liked by 1 person

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            What about family members, booger? If I had a son coming out of prison, trained and ready for a job that’s waiting for him because of President Trump’s policy and initiative and the work of my state’s Governor, I’d be voting Republican, for sure!

            Liked by 2 people

          • Lulu says:

            They aren’t looking for felon votes they are looking for minority votes. Shave two to three percent off the Dem totals and the GOP can win VA, FL, NC, and MI regularly. The Democrats rely on 90% of the black vote.

            Liked by 2 people

          • Dutchman says:

            I spent ‘time’behind bars, in my youth.
            Got my GED, and 18 units of college, plus a year of drafting classes.

            Got out, State dept of Vocational Rehab for me a job, first week.

            Didn’t like drafting, being inside at a desk all day, so went into Construction, where blueprint reading was a snap.

            Took more college classes, ‘ on the outs’, but just too blue collar, I guess.

            Anyway, went straight, but wasn’t easy.

            Vote Republican, and have every time.

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        • Piggy says:



      • I agree with the second part. The high school vocational programs alone would probably prevent many from going to jail in the first place.

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      • Bendix says:

        The difference now is, after they learn some of these skills, there’s a chance of actually getting employment when they get out.
        When there is no work for the non-felons, of course nobody is going to choose an ex-offender.

        Liked by 2 people

        • GB Bari says:

          Bendix you are spot on!

          Didn’t matter what they were teaching inmates before, blue collar skills were not nearly in as great a demand as they have quickly become over the past year.

          Very few if any of President Trump’s individual MAGA programs / policies will turn much around by themselves. It is the broad range of policies that he has and is implementing that together are changing the country and having a major positive impact on people’s lives.

          Liked by 1 person

      • Herbert Kroll says:

        Prison reform is a Soros priority. But the problem is real and this is the best way to try to improve things. Better than Soros and his SJW’s getting their recrutes directly from prison!
        Btw: is the US still the only country that incarcerates men for not paying enough alimony?


      • dbobway says:

        I don’t think the President is going to ignore our education system to have prison reform.
        Patients are people
        Prisoners are people
        Students are people
        Taxpayers are people.

        We can’t fix every bad guy in our prisons.
        But prison has become a business of taking taxpayers money and wasting it on the people running the system, than the people in it, the guards and the prisoners.
        It’s the same with schools. Teachers should be paid very well to be ‘good’ at their job.

        The numbers the Governors mentioned in the meeting of 5% to 14% success would help every level of the system. In the 1950’s black unemployment was lower than white folks.
        They had families with fathers who were there to teach their sons a trade, teach them about hope and responsibility. Country wide, we rehab 10% of prisoners, that is 100,000 potential fathers returning home.

        The federal government gives the states a check for every prisoner, every student, every divorced couple. Most states attempt to increase those numbers to get that check, without doing one damn thing for the people in the system.If you get a divorce, the last thing DSS wants to see is the couple resolve their problems and get out of the system. That would make 2 less checks for somebody sleeping through their work day.


    • Carrie2 says:

      AmericaFirst, we would hope that our Constitution and Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence would all be part of their civics classes.

      Liked by 1 person

    • whoseyore says:

      Believe it or not, also teaching many to read. We need to all get involved in any way we can, but especially pray. Can you imagine the difference this can make in the lives of these men and women and the difference it can make in our country? They mentioned that 80-90% of these people will be getting out of prison anyhow so let’s get these people reformed and decrease murders, rapes, robberies, and the availability of drugs.
      God bless this president who cares even about these forgotten souls.

      Liked by 2 people

    • LafnH20 says:

      Sound Wisdom, AmericaFirst.
      Couldn’t hurt.


    • Dutchman says:

      The courts ordered Sherriff Joe, if pink underwear and green balogna tent city fame, to provide the inmates with television,….but the judge didn’t specify the programming.
      So, he ‘gave’them 24/7 television.
      Meet Gangriches college coares in,…..

      (drum roll,, please) the Constitution!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Pa Hermit says:

      ALA Hillsdale College! A great American benefit!!!


  8. Brooke Rollins is with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an AstroTurf elitist PAC with Wendy Graham (ENRON) on their board. Rick “Goodhair” Perry signed ratepayer tax to support wind grifter T Boone Pickens and the solar panel bandits. There is NO green energy,

    “Green Prince of Darkness” at FauxScienceSlayer website

    Liked by 2 people

  9. CNN_sucks says:

    I love my president.

    Liked by 7 people

    • deplorabledaveinsocal says:

      You, and multiple millions others of us… OUR president. A man truly of, by, and for the people regardless of race, color, creed, or social standing. Godspeed Mr. President, and may God bless you and this country each and every day….

      Liked by 6 people

      • Take this one with a grain of salt, but I am sick to death of hearing about “blacks and latinos.”

        Sure looking forward to the day when “whites” are ever even mentioned- AT ALL.

        We aren’t. Ever. I guess it’s just too much for anyone to say “whites”… would just be so “racist” and upset the “minorities”. Meh. Minorities my @$$. We are rapidly becoming the minority and all by design. The war of white males has been 7 decades long already.

        All are welcomed to dismiss my comment as “negative”, I don’t mean it in that sense. I mean it in the sense that it is critical to recognize us as just as important as all these other unconstitutionally protected and elevated affirmative action “races” of people that do nothing but continue to b!tch about moar, moar, moar for themselves.

        “Whites” have been socially “segregated” while “black” everything is fine. Sports diversity means 88% black athletes. Black tv, black business networks, black congressional congress, black, black, black…

        This is not a rant on our VSG POTUS either, it’s my social rant for the day in support of WHITE AMERICANS.

        Liked by 1 person

        • woohoowee says:

          Rants are good.

          Liked by 1 person

        • GB Bari says:

          Democrat politicians and their co-conspirators in the media are simply unwilling to stop using that divisive style of addressing every issue under the sun.

          I never heard the crap about so-called “white priviledge” anywhere in the mainstream until the Alinsky disciple Obozo was coronated.

          Liked by 4 people

          • Yes, and the “republicrat” co-conspirators are right there with them… Racial division is yet one of myriad tools of the globalist psychopaths doing all they can to take down President Trump so that they can continue the razing of the very concept of America.

            You know, personal responsibility, no capitation without enumeration/explanation, freedom andliberty, and of course… justice for all.

            The end was put in motion in 1913, for you more curious kind it’s a no-brainer.

            And it was and is pure evil.


          • Pa Hermit says:

            He is a real clown eh? I have used that adjective numerous times!


        • Snow White says:

          I agree with you 1000%.

          Liked by 1 person

        • Human Condition: Right you are. I too am sick of the perpetual “blacks and oppressed minority of the month” being the lever used against the core of our country and the originators of America, our freedoms and our infrastructure.

          One of the things that these disparate groups have in common is that they can’t build or maintain anything. If all the white males were to magically vanish how long before the electricity went out? Gas stations were empty? Your tap water dries up? Your car becomes immobilized? Grocery stores shelves went bare? Traffic lights went dark? Law enforcement went AWOL? My guess is about 90 days.

          There is indeed white privilege- but privilege begets obligation. These fools want the all the benefits without the hard work, self denial, preparation, and the strength it takes to finish a job with no obligation. This is childish at best, and arguably larcenous.


  10. Nigella says:

    I hope the President sends in a “de-bugging” crew when he gets back to the WH

    Liked by 6 people

  11. Jay Currie says:

    It is fascinating to watch an administration which understands that this all hangs together. If you have a strong economy there is less unemployment and therefore less incentive to get into crime. And if you are involved in the crime prison cycle you can break out of that cycle with a job or internship when you have served your time. And given the incarceration rates in the black community, breaking the crime/prison cycle will have a disproportionate, positive, impact on those communities.

    None of this is magic. All of it was understood decades ago; but until Trump there were entrenched interests which did not want the crime/prison cycle to end. Trump and his people didn’t bother to confront the civil servants, the lousy teachers and their unions, community “organizers” and other enablers – instead they went out and built a strong, job creating economy and worked to make it easier for people at risk to get decent jobs and people coming out of prison to have a chance to work.

    Doing things differently, making smart choices, ignoring traditional, vested interests – MAGA!

    Liked by 9 people

    • whoseyore says:

      He does things in just the right order, doesn’t he? I can’t believe that he would do anything less with the all of the sealed indictments and arrests. He is getting horse before the cart instead of the cart before the horse so that those things are successful and stick. Very good business man, always looking up the court.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Donald John Trump, 45th President of the United States of America should be known as the common sense genius that was actually the first Patriot to occupy the White House in decades, and as the 44th President.

        Bathhouse bari needs to be stricken from the list, period.

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  12. gda says:

    “We have seen our African American percentage in our prison system drop significantly. Black American — black males has dropped almost 30 percent.

    THE PRESIDENT: That’s great.”

    Well that is great. But does that mean that the White percentage has gone up? That wouldn’t be so great, would it?

    Are the African Americans been released to make the statistics look great?

    Or are they saying that African Americans were previously tossed in jail unfairly and they have now put a stop to it? IOW it was racist before, now corrected?

    More explanation required, please.

    Liked by 3 people

    • oldschool says:

      Agree gda. Van jones, holder and obama let a lot of criminals out, put fewer away and God knows what it takes to even bring charges. Look at Parkland policy of hiding criminal behavior. Imagine that on a larger scale. How many SHOULD be in jail? That stat means nothing and Van Jones involvement scares the heck out of me.

      Liked by 3 people

    • WSB says:

      Project Promise. Obama policy. Look the other way if a minor of color is committing a small crime. Therefore, less arrests.

      This is what happened in the Trayvon Martin case. Trayvon would be alive but incarcerated due to robberies he committed. He would not have been wandering around an apartment complex that night he was shot.

      Sundance presented some incredible essays about this in real time. The archives have a load of info.

      Liked by 3 people

    • GB Bari says:

      There are many more possible reasons and combinations of reasons.

      Considering the context of the statement in question (always a good way to consider the greater implications behind statements made in such settings), the likely implied reason is that better training of inmates in job skills that will actually translate into substantive jobs upon their release, has resulted in less recidivism.

      A significant percentage of prison population has always been repeat offenders, mainly because they lacked skills and temperament necessary to transition into good, respectable jobs. Reduce recidivism, prison population also goes down.


  13. Stab, the unstoppable hero says:

    I’m a glass-half-empty kinda guy but I do hope (just a little bit) that the President is engaged in emptying out the prisons because (just maybe) they’re going to need more cell space for a lot of incoming prisoners in the next three months.
    It’s like a life insurance policy… In the unlikely event that Jeff sessions isn’t really… scared stiff.


    • Ever read the book Throw Them All Out?

      Check it out… Jeff Sessions was the only only man in the swamp found to have an impeccable, undeniable track record of accomplishment and honesty.

      He’s not scared stiff, he’s busy as he!! setting the stage to protect and restore the Republic in ways NO ONE but he, Huber, and VSG PDJT should know about at this point.

      Get on the Trump Train, it’s going to the right place. Trust the Man and his Plan.

      Sincerely, again for good ole Jerry Don, and just for grins 😀 ,

      Signing off as “SessionsGroupieSyndrome”!

      Liked by 6 people

      • Stab, the unstoppable hero says:

        I was actually ON the Trump train where I read some… tweets.
        But never mind.
        We’ll find out soon enough.


        • Yeah… others use those tweets as their reason for bashing our own too. But, trolling is still fun. And effective.

          Sessions is in on the Master Troll job of all time.

          VSG PDJT has this. Go read the DOJ list of accomplishments since Sessions was confirmed, it might help you to relax.

          The lack of more information is due to common sense understanding of war. We need to deal with it as such imo.


          Liked by 2 people

      • whoseyore says:

        I have the same syndrome and on that Trump train THC!

        Liked by 3 people

      • MVW says:

        LOIS LERNER. First down payment on protecting the Obama – Clinton Crooks.

        Read in a book that Sessions is is a good guy? Well, if it is in a book who can argue?

        Want a track record? How about giving the felon, LOIS LERNER, a get out of jail scott-free a pass for a track record? Everything that has to do with the Top Tier crooks shows Jeff is THE WHOLE INSURANCE POLICY. Jeff is the perfect mole.

        You are deluding yourself and ignoring reality.


  14. emet says:

    Some welding classes for the Ohrs. And let’s see how Clapper does with sheet metal. For Comey, machinist work. What do you think Director, will this block take a .030 overbore?

    Liked by 5 people

    • Stab, the unstoppable hero says:

      If Comey could learn to change light bulbs he might come in pretty handy, if you left the ladder in the back of the van.

      Liked by 4 people

    • Nah, some hemp neckties sound better, or necklaces for the “ladies” involved…

      Justice demands Constitutional punishment of the highest order for these decades of constant crimes against all of us.

      I don’t think for one minute that President Trump is doing this for himself, it’s all about We The People. All of us. Even the white ones. lol

      Liked by 1 person

    • GB Bari says:

      Personally I think they all would be perfect as stable attendants. They can clean out the manure from the animals, instead of spreading their own manure around DC.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Amy2 says:

      Making license plates, but only for the red states!!


  15. alliwantissometruth says:

    My first observation, the President just loves solving problems. It’s his nature, the business executive. He can’t wait to get to the next problem & the next. He wants real & lasting solutions, & under his leadership, his policies & direction, he’ll get just that

    What a joke the previous political frauds were, those “president” puppets of the global elite

    My second observation, how truly sad the situation is with the left in this country

    Here we have a man who’s only concern is to help the people of this nation, & due to his incredible abilities, real help & solutions are there for the taking. For the first time in many decades, we have the chance to level the playing field, to get all Americans on the path to the American dream

    Yet the leftist controlled media & it’s Hollywood, sports & academia puppets mock & dismiss the real & viable progress that could truly help those they purport to champion

    In their ignorant, dense & hate filled minds, they choose to shit all over their own instead of opening up their eyes

    How truly sad

    Liked by 5 people

  16. chrystalia99 says:

    I love the way our Lion holds these round tables and has the press there… Love seeing work in progress. Bless our POTUS!

    Liked by 9 people

  17. Ringoagogo says:

    With this alone the Black & Hispanic Americans can be proud of our President.
    He understands how to enrich the lives of all Americans!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Donna in Oregon says:

    Finally all the kids that were given Ritalin in school will get trade jobs and be able to create and make things, instead of work in cubicles.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Amy2 says:

      Amen Donna! Little boys want to be busy DOING! That’s why they squirm in their seats. They’re not inattentive, they’re bored!


  19. rolfusaugustusadolphus says:

    FACT: President John F. Kennedy pardoned almost every single federal drug prisoner. He said the drug laws were not valid under the commerce clause, and the sentences were too long.


  20. POTUS: “We have a trafficking problem, including human trafficking.”

    Hollywood. The Clinton Foundation. D.C. MS-13.

    It is slowly seeing the light of day. God speed all those fighting this scourge!

    Liked by 6 people

    • And not too slowly either… YUGE things are happening behind the scenes. Things that aren’t so readily available as “news” even on the internet, but one can find them if they are really searching.

      Things that IF mentioned on the yellow stream enemedia net/works will be dismissed as demonization of people we know as sh!t people that they protect. You know, like beelzebubba the serial rapist and killery<enough said.

      Liked by 2 people

  21. Fingolfin says:

    Bill Shine FOR THE WIN with the **lighting and staging** of this round table presser. Simply STUNNING.

    I’d bet anything that our President was very very happy with how this little “presentation” came out.


  22. Bendix says:

    I read this book quite some time ago, and it was very good.
    Our prisons are mostly still modeled after the Victorian-era ones, and scant attention is paid to actually rehabilitating anyone for re-entry into society.
    Yes, there are programs for those who are motivated to straighten up, but what about the rest of them?
    I hope this reform includes some actual progressive ideas, and no, letting violent offenders out is not a progressive idea.
    One thing I’m sure of, with the president bringing jobs back for our skilled work force, that will leave room at the bottom for the guys who get out and need something to do.

    Liked by 1 person

    • GB Bari says:

      I read that article and IMO it demonstrates the authors fairly significant lack of knowledge about the person who is Donald J. Trump.

      First, VSGPDJT has not fallen for any hoax. Second, in case the author forgot, which it’s obvious he did or more likely never knew, VSGPDJT is not now and never has been an ideologue.

      His MAGA agenda turns out to be far more conservative than liberal, but our President has always demonstrated a social conscience (hey, he’s from New York!) and has been very consistent about inner cities and the underachievement of minorities in this country

      PDJT is a sharp manager of people. He is relentless in his pursuit of results, but he is also very much a father to his children. He needs them involved in good pursuits.

      Knowing Ivanka and Jared’s social justice leanings, he has placed both of them in charge of very positive socially-oriented programs that can bring good things into peoples lives and cause very little if any harm otherwise. Our VSGPDT is “keeping the kids engaged and busy” but away from doing anything that could cause real problems for his MAGA agenda. That’s my take on it.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Trump has real world common sense solutions for reducing recidivism rates and actually helping people who will accept it while destroying the globalist puppet psycho-political use of these people for nefarious purposes. R or D, it literally benefits both.

        We surely all see the machination of their “voting” schemes. Those needed to vote the wrong way that aren’t up for re-election are used to make sure the globalist agenda is passed nearly every time. Etc…

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  23. covfefe999 says:

    This is really important. Yes most people who have been to prison deserved their punishment, but when they come out it’s really hard for them to get jobs. And if they’ve been in prison for a long time they come out thinking that they won’t find a job and it makes it all the harder for them. Instead of jobs for illegals why not let newly-released prison inmates take some of the min wage jobs? And if they prove themselves successful they can move upward. The focus on caring for illegals blows my mind. Blacks in particular should be upset about this, and should be concerned with jobs for blacks coming out of prison, because so many blacks are in prison! I was looking at some stats the other day of two Illinois prisons, each was more than 50% black in the population, which is strange because the overall Illinois percentage of blacks is under 20%. It would also help if the prisons refused to allow them to go back to Chicago ….

    Liked by 1 person

  24. thLuckyOne says:

    Faster than anyone can believe, he’s restoring us – even those among us who have been told so very firmly: “you don’t matter”. Just a little at a time but determinedly and with amazing skill, he’s putting us back together. You’ve noticed it, beloved Treepers.

    So, what I’m leading into is this song from precious little Kelly Clarkson. I have no idea regarding her politics and I KNOW she had no idea of writing this song for our Favorite god-Emperor of a President. But I think it fits. And maybe another Treeper has noticed this before and I was gone and missed it when they brought it forward. I think this song is dedicated to our healing, AMAZING President. “He never asks for money….”

    Liked by 1 person

  25. todayistheday99 says:

    Are swamp creatures unable to drink directly from.a bottle of water. Nevermind, Rubio gussled it down straight.


  26. TMonroe says:

    Georgia gov: “We have seen, since I became Governor, a 10-percent decrease in violent crime in our state, a 20-percent overall decrease in crime. We have seen our African American percentage in our prison system drop significantly. Black American — black males has dropped almost 30 percent.”

    This coincided with Barry’s turnstile executive order, where sentences were shortened, and priorities were placed on easing sentencing, which extends to the plea process. Suddenly, violent crimes pled down to nonviolent charges were eligible for early release. Anyone can cook the numbers that way, and what makes it worse is the measurables continue to give a false impression, because even repeat offenders ( which is a sizable number — ask Freddie Gray’s cas workers if he had a second or a 26th chance) have their offenses diminished or disappears from said cooked numbers. This is dangerous business.


  27. SW Richmond says:

    Renovating the White House, huh? What are they doing, digging electronic bugs out of the walls?


  28. Prison reform? Prison is a symptom, not the root of the problem. Prepare prisoners for a valuable trade skill- yes BUT let’s consider how they get there in the first place.

    First thing to consider is that there are 2 prison systems- Federal and State. The Federal prisons are populated primarily with drug dealers and then money crime based charges. The Feds like chasing drug dealers because it gets them elected and paid. There’s BIG money in civil asset forfeiture, and drug crimes give The Man access to all kinds of goodies.

    Money crimes range from bank robbery to false statements on a tax return or a loan application. These prisoners are mainly there because the Federal Rule One was broken- somebody has money the Feds think they shouldn’t. There are also many political prisoners in the Federal System. Liberals love to lock up their enemies. Add Civil Asset Forfeiture and locking up monied people is a bonanza.

    Federal Prison is easy life if you don’t mind being separated from your loved ones and living in a black neighborhood for some years. Federal Prisons don’t require work, vocational training, or even having to be out of bed at a certain time in the AM.

    One other lovely fact about the Federal Prison System is racial quotas!! It’s roughly populated by 1/3 white, 1/3 black and 1/3 Hispanic. Don’t you just love how fair the government is? “Hey Holder- we are 100 whites short this month. Go round up some middle aged white males who lied on their home loan application!”

    State prisons are where the heavy lifting is done. Violent crimes, property crimes , and destructive act crimes are the main charges there. Drugs are the main catalyst. Desperation causes lots of crimes. Recidivism is high. State prisons are the place solid tradesman skills need to be learned and applied. Electricians, plumbers, masons, metal workers- all great trades for a strong man with a need to be valuable and express himself in a constructive way.

    Desperation is catalyzed by liberalism. A rigged money supply game keeps savers broke, no economic momentum keeps employers lean and unable to pay well for good workers, and the liberal education scam teaches crap in high school, and then says you cannot succeed unless you go to some liberal arts college, go in debt for 100K to learn gender studies, black history and feminist lit. Add to that the purposeful marginalization of the male, and the crazy child support criminalization and you get what we have today. A massive mess.

    End the Fed. End the FBI. Shrink the DOJ to one prosecutor per district with one secretary. Let the States enforce their laws and imprison offenders with an eye to returning them home with a constructive skill. Export all illegals. Use the death penalty for murder1, and child molestation. Reopen sanitariums and care for the mentally ill- under supervision. Ban Islam in prisons.

    I’d call that a good start.

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  29. mostlyogauge says:

    This seems to be a worthwhile program. But, other reforms need to be made as well, with, IMHO, changing the metrics for police departments and prosecutors. I’m sure I’m not the only person that has read many stories about innocent people being prosecuted and incarcerated for crimes they did not commit.

    Prosecutors and some police departments are, many times, measured on, among other metrics, the number of convictions per arrests. Whether or not the accused is really guilty does not seem to matter. Change the metrics and I would bet that a lot less innocent people are sent to jail. Change the metrics to what? I really don’t know. But there is something wrong.

    Regarding jobs for convicted felons and giving them a second chance, this is a good thing. But, what about age discrimination of older workers? This is real. I’ve experienced this, and am experiencing this, first hand. I raised this issue a couple weeks ago on CTH.

    I am an older IT worker. I am under employed. I have sent out resumes and made on-line applications by the hundreds during the past few years. The only in person interviews I got were for the under employed job I have now, and an interview a couple weeks ago for another job for which I would have been under employed. I chose to stay where I am. I at least know the current environment and have health insurance.

    Age discrimination is a real problem. I keep looking and keep hearing nothing. Submit an application? Crickets. Call the company? Crickets. Call the company again? Oh, we have reviewed your impressive resume but have decided to go in another direction. We will keep your resume on file for one year in case another suitable position comes up. Yeah, right. The circular file. All the laws that have been passed or could be passed to prevent this are not going to really help (there I go, sounding pessimistic). Because there is very little privacy left, it is really not that difficult to find out how old someone is. Oh, he’s over 50, keep reviewing resumes. Oh, he’s over 60, fugedaboudit. Laws indicate that a background check can only be conducted with the consent of the person involved. Really? Have you ever googled yourself?

    Some days it is hard to maintain optimism. I have been blessed during my career to have been able to work with some really great people. Our house is paid for. Our child has no college tuition debt. Our (not new) cars are paid for. We have yet to make up all of what we lost after the 2008 economic depression (yes, I call it a depression and not a recession because of the money we lost and the savings we went through). We are healthy.

    But, damn it, I still have years left in me! I can still contribute! Very frustrating at times. Rant ended. For now.


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