Odiase is one of two valedictorians at Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee.
Washington D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie is urging final passage of a crime bill that includes a provision to pay criminals annual, taxpayer-supported stipends of around $9,000. The intention of the stipend is to help ex-offenders make the transition out of prison.
The Washington Post reports that a grant-funded program like it has been successful in Richmond, California, for nearly a decade. But D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is against the idea.
Washington Post reporter Aaron C. Davis joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to discuss the bill.