President Obama to visit Oklahoma federal prison

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Saturday, July 11, 2015
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 1, 2015.
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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will visit an Oklahoma federal prison next week, continuing his focus on the criminal justice system.

The White House says next Thursday's visit to the federal correctional institution in El Reno, near Oklahoma City, will be a first by a sitting president.

The medium-security facility for male offenders houses about 1,300 inmates and once housed Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. The White House says Obama will meet with law enforcement officials and inmates at the prison.

He'll also be interviewed for a coming documentary by Vice news about the criminal justice system.

On Wednesday, Obama will speak about economic opportunity in Durant, Oklahoma, during a visit to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.