President Obama is in Newark today

President Barack Obama is calling for breaking the "cycle of incarceration" by making it easier for former inmates to successfully re-enter society.

Obama on Monday will visit a drug treatment center in Newark, New Jersey, along with New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. He also plans to host a roundtable on criminal justice issues and deliver a statement at Rutgers University's law school.

The White House says Obama will announce he's asking the government personnel office to wait until later in the hiring process to ask about criminal histories. The Obama administration will also clarify its "one strike" rule that prevents many people with arrest records from living in public housing.

More than half a million people leave U.S. prisons each year.