Paul Assails Harsh Drug Sentences, Backs Expunging Records


Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) laid out his vision for a legal system that makes it easier for people with criminal records to get jobs and to vote, telling students at a historically black college in Maryland here that he believes there are still “two Americas” as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said almost a half century ago, the New York Times reports..

On Friday, he kept his remarks focused on correcting inequities in the criminal justice system and expanding economic opportunity. He repeatedly condemned the harsh drug sentencing laws that put so many minority defendants behind bars. “If you smoked some pot or grew some marijuana plants in college, you ought to get a chance,” he said. Paul made a case for expunging criminal records of people who have been convicted of nonviolent felonies so they can find employment more easily, a stance that puts him at odds with many in his party.

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