Jones has met with President Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and other administration officials to discuss reform to the criminal justice system.
CNN commentator Van Jones sparked a controversy among his liberal peers by extending a hand to President Trump on the issue of criminal justice reform last year. He doesn't regret it in the slightest. In fact, he has praised the administration for its work in getting the First Step Act passed and, when he brought his message to CPAC in March, he admitted conservatives have taken the lead on this issue.
Still, he's the exception, not the rule. Too often, liberals and conservatives "are talking about each other, not to each other," he regrets.
Jones hopes that his new show, "The Redemption Project," can change that - at least when it comes to crime and punishment.
"Legislatively, I think the Trump administration did a great job on the First Step Act. Implementing it I think we still have a long way to go and there are others I think the Department of Justice could be doing better."