Jared Kushner's New White House Job Raises Eyebrows

Jared Kushner's got a new responsibility to add to his already long list, and it's catching some people off guard.

Jared Kushner: crime stopper. That’s not a phrase that exactly rolls off of the tongue, and it also immediately brings some curious thoughts to mind. Has Kushner been an undercover superhero all this time and we just didn’t know it? What kind of superpowers does he have? How long until he gets down to business and eradicates the deep state from the nation’s capital?

Alas, those questions will remain unanswered for the foreseeable future, but Kushner will have a hand in preventing crime - albeit from a distance. As the Daily Mail shares, Kushner is heading up a panel that seeks to retrain criminals so that they don’t reoffend when they return to the streets. It’s an admirable area to tackle, as those that have been incarcerated are at an increased risk of getting locked up again.

Providing them with the skills they may be lacking to succeed in the real world could be the ticket to ensuring they don’t head down that path again. Kushner offered up some insight while speaking to the Washington Post.

“There is a lot of agreement from the left and the center and the right that once a person has committed a crime we should make sure we give them the best opportunities to try to live a productive life after serving their time,” he said. “We’re not looking to train better criminals.”

While this is just one more item on what sounds like an incredibly packed plate for Kushner, he sounds pretty passionate about making something happen with the task at hand.

“We’re not at a place where we are prescribing solutions. We’re bringing people together and generating ideas. If prisoner reentry programs are successfully executed, it’s usually a good investment,” he added.

While it sounds like he’s personally vested in finding some solutions, eyebrows have been raised at his selection for this role. Kushner sounds like he’s awfully busy, as he’s been tasked with focusing on peace in the Middle East and relations with China, among other responsibilities.

“According to a White House official, the event is called a Prisoner Reentry Roundtable Discussion, tasked with soliciting information from prison reformers, non-profits, lawmakers, and faith based groups. The topics include mentoring, vocational education, and job placement,” the Mail reports. “Kushner is also tasked with heading up middle east peace efforts and is a key point of contact with China. His father, Charles Kushner, did time in a federal prison for tax evasion, and the younger Kushner has said it made an impression on him. He visited his father in an Alabama prison almost every week during his 14 month sentence.”

The vocational education and job placement program could provide dividends, as one of the impediments to convicts not returning to prison is their inability to find meaningful work. An actual mentoring program that helps them learn how to navigate life’s challenges could work wonders as well. While we won’t get overly optimistic until we see the fruits of the panel's labor, there is a glimmer of hope that real progress could be made.

Source: Daily Mail
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