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Cory Booker and Rand Paul Join Forces on Prison Reform

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat, talks about legislation he and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a Republican, have introduced, called the REDEEM Act, to reform the criminal justice system. REDEEM stands for Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment, and also aims to increase the age of criminal responsibility.

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Cory Booker

Comments [7]

There should be no victimless crimes.
Unless an act is force or fraud against others or their property, the act should not be illegal.
Selling loose cigarettes should not be illegal,and should certainly not be punishable by death.
But death is a possible enforcement consequence whenever anything is made illegal. Therefore, legislators should exercise restraint;
instead of regulating everything, just because they have the power to regulate everything.

Jul. 31 2014 11:04 AM
WB

Booker talks a woman running for PUBLIC OFFICE with a conviction for stealing a car!!!

Why would we want a thief hold public office? This is crazy.

I'm sorry you want to handle tax money as a felon, but there are other things you can do.

Jul. 31 2014 10:59 AM
john from office

Wow Cory Booker has all the lines down, Empowerment, majority of people in jail are black, America has largest prison population in the WORLD! on and on.

So we wnat to fight crime and not arrest too many black people, because then we have lots of blacks in jail. Ok, makes sense to me!!

I see what Newark's new Mayor was talking about, Mr. Booker is a stuffed shirt, wind bag.

Jul. 31 2014 10:51 AM
The Truth from Becky

Agreed. Record expungement is absolutely necessary!

Jul. 31 2014 10:47 AM
WB from NJ

Well, what if you're an employer who doesn't want to hire a felon or person with a drug history? Why should I need to compete for jobs with these people? Where's the protection for good citizens????

Jul. 31 2014 10:41 AM

I agree that perpetual punishment is not what our justice system should be about, however, people fall off the wagon all the time. If the senators' bill passes, what happens when the new level of trust accorded to these former felons is abused by one or several of these convicts.

Jul. 31 2014 10:41 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I agree that it is a paradox. Former convicts need to be able to get jobs when they are released from prison. On the other hand, there are jobs that you wouldn't want former felons to have, like teaching or banking. What any legislation would have to do is differentiate between the kinds of offenses for which a person is imprisoned and the kind of job that person would eventually want or get.

Jul. 31 2014 10:41 AM

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