Obama to Visit Kilpatrick’s Prison in Oklahoma

Obama to Visit Kilpatrick’s Prison in Oklahoma

In this May 25, 2010, file photo, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sits at his sentencing in Wayne County Circuit Court on an obstruction-of-justice conviction. Kilpatrick has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption that turned city hall into a pay-to-play parlor. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
In this May 25, 2010, file photo, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sits at his sentencing in Wayne County Circuit Court on an obstruction-of-justice conviction. Kilpatrick has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption that turned city hall into a pay-to-play parlor. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

(Detroit News) – President Barack Obama will visit Kwame Kilpatrick’s federal prison in Oklahoma on Thursday, offering a reminder of how far their careers and fortunes have diverged since both were viewed as rising political figures eight years ago.

Obama is scheduled to meet with inmates and law enforcement officials during a visit to the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution outside of Oklahoma City. The visit comes amid the president’s push to reform criminal sentencing laws, particularly for low-level, non-violent offenders.

“I don’t expect any interaction with the former mayor,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz wrote in an email Tuesday.

Kilpatrick, 45, is serving a 28-year sentence at El Reno for racketeering and other crimes related to the Detroit City Hall corruption scandal. He is scheduled to be released Aug. 1, 2037.

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