White House adviser Jared Kushner rallied 150 evangelical leaders nationwide in a conference call this week to discuss prison reforms and efforts to rehabilitate inmates, according to news reports Thursday.
“The administration wants to assist long-time prison reform advocates with their initiative to create a prison system that will rehabilitate citizens who have made mistakes, paid the price, and are deserving of a second chance, because studies show these reforms will ultimately reduce crime and save taxpayer dollars,” a Trump administration official told The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard.
Kushner, who is also President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, brought together faith leaders, pastors, and Christian mental-health professionals to discuss prison reforms and rehabilitation initiatives.
Among those on the call, according to Bedard, were televangelist Jentezen Franklin, Pastor Paula White, Pastor Darrell Scott and Prison Fellowship advocate, and former New York Mets and Yankees outfielder Darryl Strawberry, now an ordained minister.
Trump tasked Kushner with spearheading the administration’s prison-reform efforts.
“Evangelical voters turned out in record numbers to vote for Donald Trump and were in large part responsible for his historic victory,” the White House official told Bedard.
“That strong relationship has only grown stronger since President Trump has been in office in part, because of President Trump’s many accomplishments for religious liberty, pro-life policies, the moving of Israel’s Embassy and the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice.”