VIDEO: Obama’s appearance at Rutgers-Newark
President Barack Obama called for breaking the cycle of incarceration by helping former inmates re-enter society during his visit to Rutgers-Newark School of Criminal Justice Monday afternoon.
Obama, who visited Integrity House — a drug treatment facility in Newark — earlier Monday, was expected to draw attention to the plight of offenders after they're released.
"Everyone has a role to play, from businesses that are hiring ex-offenders to philanthropies that are supporting education and training programs," Obama said in his weekly address.
According to a report by the Associated Press Monday, without new laws, the President's options are limited.
"For example, Obama has asked Congress to 'ban the — shorthand for prohibiting the government and its contractors for asking job applicants about criminal histories on applications," the AP reported.
Obama's speech from Rutgers was set to begin at 4:20 p.m. See the live video, and then a video replay, above.