Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards took part in a roundtable discussion on prison reform at the request of President Trump.
Edwards was invited to the President’s Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey, along with leaders from several other states.
The White House says says the invites were extended to states which have already implemented reforms like those in the First Step Act, a piece of bi-partisan legislation passed in the House of Representatives in May.
“I will tell you in Louisiana we are proud of the work we’ve done. It’s been sentencing reform, prison reform, and a real focus on reentry. And for the first time in 20-years I can tell you Louisiana does not have the highest incarceration rate in the nation today” said Gov. Edwards.
Edwards was the only Democrat invited to the discussion.
The White House says the First Step Act should serve as a foundation for a bi-partisan deal in the Senate.