Rand Paul op-ed: Give kids a second chance after drug crimeSubmitted by ron_paul_is_awesome on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:08
by Rand Paul
July 11, 2014
A friend of mine's brother was convicted of a felony for growing marijuana plants in his college dorm. Thirty years later he still can't vote and his felony record prevents him from getting a good job.
Because of his story and others like it, I introduced bipartisan legislation to restore federal voting rights for non-violent offenders upon release from prison.
This week, I introduced another piece of legislation with Senator Cory Booker to make some reforms to the criminal justice system that will help non-violent individuals reintegrate into society and secure employment.
Both of these bills will reform existing federal law to allow low-level offenders a second chance. These ideas will both allow the restoration of the right to vote and the opportunity to remove a permanent blot preventing employment for those released after non-violent punishment.
I am not done. I am working on two more pieces of legislation to reform the federal criminal code and the way the federal government treats accused individuals by seizing property, then never allowing the assets to get back in the hands of the accused, even if the accused is acquitted.