Editors at the Boston Herald consider President Trump’s efforts to tackle the nation’s unimpressive rate of recidivism. It’s another example of criminal justice reform.

Let’s hope the Trump administration can push Congress to take up the challenge.

In a 2014 study, the National Institute of Justice found that, “Within three years of release, about two-thirds (67.8 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested. Within five years of release, about three-quarters (76.6 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested. Of those prisoners who were rearrested, more than half (56.7 percent) were arrested by the end of the first year.”

Those numbers are both staggering and tragic.

The president cut to the chase: “Nobody wins when former prisoners fail to adjust to life outside, or worse, end up back behind bars. We want former inmates to find a path to success so they can support their families and support their communities.”

It is tragic that so many Ameri­cans never get out of the prison cycle. A young man who engages in crime at age 18 is very likely a different man at 28, but with no job skills he often returns to crime. The black community is hit especially hard, making up about 38 percent of the prison population while comprising 13 percent of the country.

President Trump sees the problem, saying, “If we want more prisoners to take charge of their own lives, then we should work to give them the tools to stand on their own two feet.”

It’s time to give them the tools.