Trump to discuss criminal justice reform at Benedict College

Trump to discuss criminal justice reform at Benedict College
October 24 13:14 2019 Print This Article

President Donald Trump will address a sellout crowd of about 4000 people Friday afternoon at Benedict College in Columbia, SC. He is one of 11 candidates participating in the Second Step Presidential Forum, focusing on criminal justice reform. The candidates will not be appearing together. Benedict is a member of the Association of Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) with an enrollment of more than 700 students. Tickets are still available to see the other candidates during the weekend and start at $40.00.

The forum is sponsored by the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, founded in 2015 by attorney Ashley Bell, an entrpreurship and innovation expert who now serves in the U.S. Small Business Administration. Benedict President Dr. Roslyn Artis told MSM News that the event will give students a great opportunity to evaluate candidates on the issue of criminal justice policy.

Trump was an early advocate for criminal justice reform and pushed for the passage of the First Step Act, which he signed into law in 2018. The measure called for the revision of drug-offense sentencing, increased vocational and education opportunities for federal prisoners, and financial incentives for companies that hire workers with criminal records. The average cost of housing federal prisoners is about $32,000 a year.

Benedict College was founded in 1870. Dr. Artis has reduced tuition at the college 26% since taking the helm three years ago and has increased apprenticeship opportunities for students. The college has business partnerships with Prysmian, Nephron Pharmaceutical, Michelin, and Vulcan Materials.