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Sens. Paul and Booker Introduce Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

July 8, 2014 in Politics & Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NY) today introduced sweeping legislation to reform the nation’s broken criminal justice system, which has grown increasingly costly over the past four decades. The REDEEM Act will give Americans convicted of non-violent crimes a second chance at the American dream. The legislation will help prevent youthful mistakes from turning into a lifetime of crime and help adults who commit non-violent crimes become more self-reliant and less likely to commit future crimes. ‘The biggest impediment to civil rights and employment in our country is a criminal record. Our current system is broken and has trapped tens of thousands of young men and women in a cycle of poverty and incarceration. Many of these young people could escape this trap if criminal justice were reformed, if records were expunged after time served, and if non-violent crimes did not become a permanent blot preventing employment,’ Sen. Paul said. ‘I will work with anyone, from any party, to make a difference for the people of New Jersey and this bipartisan legislation does just that,’ Sen. Booker said. ‘The REDEEM Act will ensure that our tax dollars are being used in smarter, more productive ways. It will also establish much-needed sensible reforms that keep kids out of the adult correctional system, protect their privacy so a youthful mistake can remain a youthful mistake, and help make it less likely that low-level adult offenders re-offend.’ Specifically, the REDEEM (Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment) Act:

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