President Obama Visits Federal Prison

President Obama became the first sitting President to pay a visit to a federal prison. 

The President says the criminal justice system needs to distinguish between people who make mistakes and who are truly dangerous. 

He spoke at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma on Thursday. 

The President says some of the young prisoners he met with made mistakes that weren't much different from the mistakes he made in his youth. 

He says if some of the people had different opportunities, they could be thriving instead.