On Thursday, President Obama will become the first sitting president to ever tour a federal prison—and it will all be caught on film for a Vice /HBO documentary.
Obama plans to tour El Reno, a medium security prison in Oklahoma with 1,300 inmates, Politico reports. He'll be accompanied by Vice founder Shane Smith.
"There's an emerging consensus in this country — on both the right and the left — that the way we treat criminal offenders is utterly broken and weakening our society in profound ways," Smith said in a statement. "Visiting El Reno with President Obama — the first-ever visit to a federal prison by a sitting president — will give our viewers a firsthand look into how the president is thinking about this problem, from the policy level down to one on one conversations with the men and women living this reality. It's going to be fascinating."
The visit is part of a prison reform-focused week for the president, which he kicked off on Monday by commuting the prison sentences of 46 drug offenders.
Up until now, Obama has had one of the worst clemency rates in history. This latest action nearly doubled his number of commutations, bringing the total to 90.
According to CNN, most of those pardoned by the president were sentenced under harsh guidelines no longer in use. Under current law, many would have already been released. 13 had been sentenced to life in prison.
"I believe that at its heart, America is a nation of second chances, and I believe these folks deserve their second chance," Obama said in a video.
Once released, the prisoners, will be under probation and may face drug testing.
Prison reform is currently one of the few issues with a growing bipartisan consensus. On Friday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest touted the week’s events as an attempt to “underscore the administration’s focus on the need to reform and improve America’s criminal justice system.”