On Monday, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the REDEEM Act (S. 675), legislation that would help to protect and restore the lives of individuals who have had contact with the criminal or juvenile justice system, while reducing recidivism.
The bipartisan REDEEM Act would repeal the felony drug ban for some people convicted of non-violent drug offenses. It would allow the sealing of criminal records and improve the accuracy of FBI background checks. And it would make necessary improvements to the treatment of young people who encounter the juvenile justice system.
By removing barriers to reentry, the REDEEM Act would help returning citizens safely rejoin society and begin new lives. It would restore a measure of justice and fairness to the criminal and juvenile justice systems while promoting better outcomes that improve public safety.
- Find out more about the REDEEM Act
- Read The Sentencing Project’s letter in strong support of the REDEEM Act
- Read The Sentencing Project’s report, A Lifetime of Punishment: The Impact of the Federal Drug Ban on Welfare Benefits