USA TODAY: To cut crime, turn jailbirds into bookworms

Our character as a people is defined by a simple, yet powerful idea: that opportunity should extend to all.  Earlier this month, President Obama commuted the sentences of 46 individuals and became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. As the president stated, America at its heart is a nation of second chances. Providing opportunities for education, treatment and training for those who have made mistakes and are serving their sentences is one of the most important things that we, as a society, can do to help people get their lives back on track, grow stronger communities and enhance public safety.

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