President Obama

Obama Coming to Baton Rouge

Jan 8, 2016
Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP

The White House confirmed Thursday that President Obama will be making his first trip to Baton Rouge next week.

The President is set to visit the State Capital on Thursday, January 14th, just two days after his final State of the Union address in Washington.

President Obama toured a federal prison in Oklahoma on Thursday and said the nation needs to reconsider policies that contribute to a huge spike in the number of people behind bars.

In an unprecedented visit by a sitting president, Obama met with half a dozen inmates at the El Reno prison, outside Oklahoma City. The trip was part of a weeklong push by the White House to focus attention on the president's call for criminal justice reform.

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