President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit a federal prison, with the White House announcing today that he will make the trip as part of an upcoming “Vice” special for HBO.
Deadline.com reports that the special is set to air on the pay-cable channel this fall, featuring a visit by Obama to El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma. The visit will take place next week.
The special examines the impact of the criminal justice system on the lives of Americans, with the U.S. prison population having risen 700% since 1970, according to press information for the program.
“Obama will tour the facility and meet with prisoners, staff and law enforcement officials,” Deadline reports. “El Reno is a medium-security prison facility located in central Oklahoma, which houses 1,300 inmates convicted of violating federal law. The interviews will be part of a broader HBO documentary looking at America’s approach to crime and imprisonment.”