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WATCH: HBO To Premiere VICE Documentary Of Obama's Visit To Oklahoma Prison

President Obama tours the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution on July 16, 2015
Kate Carlton Greer
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KGOU
President Obama tours the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution on July 16, 2015

Federal inmates who met with President Barack Obama at an Oklahoma prison during the filming of a documentary in July are hopeful the show will influence policymakers.

About 50 inmates gathered at the El Reno federal prison Wednesday to watch the premiere of Fixing the System, a Vice on HBO special report.

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The documentary airs Sunday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. on the premium cable channel.

Obama spoke with six of the inmates during his visit. Bobby Reed is serving a life sentence for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. He hopes the documentary leads policymakers to revisit previous decisions to impose harsh sentences for nonviolent drug crimes.

Obama is the first president to visit a federal prison while in office. He called for changes in the criminal justice system, saying a distinction had to be made between young people doing “stupid things” and violent criminals.

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