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North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, left, stands next to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem as he answers questions about the newly signed justice reinvestment bill during a press conference at the state Capitol in Bismarck in 2017. In the back right is psychologist Lisa Peterson Gustafson, state Department of Corrections Director Leann Bertsch and former Sen. Ron Carlisle, R-Bismarck. 

Recent efforts to reform the state's prison system are beginning to garner some national attention as Gov. Doug Burgum today will join President Donald Trump, Senior Adviser to the President Jared Kushner and a small group of fellow governors and attorneys general for a State Leaders Roundtable on Prison Reform in Bedminster, N.J.

Those attending the afternoon meeting will discuss the importance of prison reform at the state level, including successes and challenges, as well as the federal prison system and efforts to pass prison reform in Congress.

“We’re extremely grateful for the opportunity to share North Dakota’s innovative efforts to reform our corrections system, which have started to gain national attention,” Burgum said, pointing to recent articles in Governing and National Public Radio. “We need to support evidence-based programs that reduce recidivism rates and give inmates who complete their sentences a second chance to become contributing members of society, which will help us build stronger communities, address our workforce needs and save taxpayer dollars.”

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