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President Donald Trump is discussing prison reform with governors and state attorneys general at his New Jersey golf club.

The White House says the officials represent states that have implemented changes similar to those backed by Trump.

The mostly Republican group includes Govs. Matt Bevin of Kentucky, Nathan Deal of Georgia, Phil Bryant of Mississippi, Doug Burgum of North Dakota and John Bel Edwards, a Louisiana Democrat. Also attending are Republican attorneys general Pam Bondi of Florida and Ken Paxton of Texas.

The administration has been pressing Congress to send Trump legislation that would provide the Bureau of Prisons with $50 million over the next five years for drug treatment, education and job skills programs.

Burgum says North Dakota's prison population has a high rate of addiction. He says that you don't solve a chronic health care problem with punishment. Bergum says the goal is to create better neighbors - not better prisoners.

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