Although they are from opposite sides of the political aisle, Cory Booker and Rand Paul teamed up to reform the country’s approach to non-violent, criminal offenders.
Recently, they announced their intention to sponsor legislation, which they dubbed the “REDEEM Act.”
Their goal is to change the focus from punishing low-level drug offenders to helping them successfully re-enter society.
Senator Booker explained, “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.”
He further noted, “The REDEEM Act will ensure that our tax dollars are being used in smarter, more productive ways.”
This groundbreaking legislation would repeal the ban on federal welfare benefits for individuals convicted of drug crimes.
It also gives incentives to increase the age of criminal responsibility when suspects are automatically tried as adults. For example, states that set the age at 18 will receive an advantage when applying for Community Oriented Policing Services grants.
Additionally, the legislation calls for expunging the criminal records of minors under 15 so long as they were convicted of non-violent crimes. Likewise, the records of those 15-17 who committed such offenses would be sealed (i.e. he or she could lawfully claim that the offenses are not there).
The REDEEM Act would also ban solitary confinement for juvenile inmates except in the most extreme circumstances.
Lastly, the bill would establish the first broad-based federal path for adults to petition to seal criminal records and allow employers who request FBI background checks of applicants to see only “relevant and accurate information.”
Mr. Booker also explained, “Our country’s misguided criminal justice policies have placed an economic drag on communities in both of our states, and on our nation’s global competitiveness—all while making us less, not more, safe.”
If you face drug charges in NJ or a similar non-violent, criminal offense, contact The Rosenblum Law Firm today at 888-815-3649.