Video: Meeting US inmates as Obama pushes for criminal justice reform

With over two million people behind bars, the United States has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. Barack Obama, the first US president to have visited a federal prison, has promised to reform the criminal justice system, which sends people to jail too easily.


As he approaches the end of his term, Barack Obama wants to overhaul the criminal justice system. When he visited the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma last year, the US president tackled in particular the injustices suffered by African-Americans, the heavy sentences handed down to minors, as well as the fact that drug users are sent to jail rather than to rehabilitation facilities.

Our correspondents were given rare access to a prison in North Carolina, where they met inmates as well as prison guards.

A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett, Anna Kowalska, Aline Schmidt and Claire Pryde.

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