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President Obama Visits Newark, New Jersey! + Live Streaming of President's Statement

President Obama pictured this Halloween weekend

The President has touched down in Newark, New Jersey!

President Barack Obama is visiting Newark today (Nov. 2)  to further push a second-term priority of his: criminal justice reform.

During stops at the Integrity House, a residential drug-treatment center, and the Newark campus of Rutgers University (around 2:30 p.m.), the President will unveil several policy initiatives aimed at reintegrating released prisoners into society and the workforce.

Obama is expected to announce that Newark will be one of five new municipalities to partner with local colleges and employers to provide job training and placement to ex-offenders. 

The President is also set to unveil education grants and programs that will help seal juvenile criminal records so that those convicted of crimes have better odds of landing government jobs.

Newark mayor Ras Baraka released a statement regarding President Obama's visit to the city and said:

"The City of Newark is honored to welcome the President of the United States today to recognize the work we are doing to reintegrate ex-offenders into our society and to discuss the importance of the national criminal justice reform."

"We recognize that to transform Newark, we have to transform our City's culture and the lives of our residentsparticularly youth and re-entering offenders. We are working with them today to prevent crime tomorrow," Baraka added. 

Obama landing at Newark airport this afternoon (Nov. 2)

The events at Integrity House and Rutgers-Newark are not open to the public.

After visiting Integrity House, located a few miles away, Obama is expected to travel in a motorcade to Rutgers-Newark in the late afternoon. Due to security concerns, the White House has not released exact times or routes for the visit.
Obama will host the round-table discussion in an unspecified room in the university Center for Law and Justice on Washington Street, home of Rutgers' law school, Rutgers officials said. Then, the president will give his speech in the building's soaring atrium lobby, which is dominated by a grand spiral staircase.
Presidential Visit to Rutgers University – Newark
Monday, November 2, 2015
2:30 to 5 p.m.
(all times approximate)
2:30 p.m.  Arrival of the President at RU-N
3 p.m.  Roundtable Discussion
The President will convene a roundtable on the issues of mass incarceration and the re-entry of people exiting the correctional system into community life
4:15 p.m.  Live Streaming of President’s Statement
The President will make a statement on the issues under discussion at the roundtable, reflecting his thought as he continues his national tour on working for meaningful criminal justice reform.  See, for example, his weekly address in which he discusses his visit to Newark:  This portion of the visit is expected to last approximately 15 minutes.
Watch Live: The live stream will be available at:
RU-N Group Live Streaming Location
Paul Robeson Campus Center
Essex Room
Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
Members of the RU-N community who wish to gather to watch the President’s statement together on the occasion this historic visit may do so here.  Doors will open at 3:30.  Arrival by 4 p.m. is advised.
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