Paul: Clinton now favors undoing ‘disastrous’ criminal justice laws enacted by husband

Rand Paul -- PrezographyFrom Press Release


Earlier today, Hillary Clinton proposed various criminal justice reform ideas in an attempt to undo some of Bill Clinton’s work– the same work she cheerfully supported as First Lady.

According to Salon, the Clinton administration’s focus on the “War on Drugs” is responsible for increasing incarceration by 673,000 new inmates:

“The¬†explosion of the prison system¬†under Bill Clinton’s version of the “War on Drugs” is impossible to dispute. The total prison population rose by 673,000 people under Clinton’s tenure – or by 235,000 more than it did under President Ronald Reagan, according to a study by the Justice Policy Institute. “Under President Bill Clinton, the number of prisoners under federal jurisdiction doubled, and grew more than it did under the previous 12-years of Republican rule,combined,” states the JPI report. The federal incarceration rate in 1999, the last year of the Democrat’s term, was 42 per 100,000 – more than double the federal incarceration rate at the end of President Reagan’s term (17 per 100,000), and 61 percent higher than at the end of President George Bush’s term (25 per 100,000), according to JPI.”

The full article is available here.

Not only is Hillary Clinton trying to undo some of the harm inflicted by the Clinton administration, she is now emulating proposals introduced by Senator Rand Paul over the last several years, and we welcome her to the fight.

A brief summary of Senator Paul’s introduced legislation is below:

Bill: FAIR Act – S. 255
Subject: Civil Asset Forfeiture
This bill ensures that the federal government would have to prove by clear and convincing evidence that seized property was being used for illegal purposes before it’s forfeited. Forfeited assets would be placed in the Treasury’s General Fund instead of the DOJ’s Asset Forfeiture Fund. This shift would remove the profit incentive police officers currently have to seize and forfeit property. The bill would also protect the property rights of citizens by eliminating the ability of state law enforcement to circumvent state asset forfeiture laws and use more lenient federal standards instead.

Bill: Justice Safety Valve Act – S. 353
Subject: Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
Judges can depart from mandatory minimum sentencing laws if they find that it is in the best interests of justice to do so. This would increase judicial discretion and allow judges to make individualized determinations about the proper punishment for defendants.

Bill: Civil Rights Voting Restoration Act – S. 457
Subject: Voting Rights
If passed, this would restore the voting rights of every non-violent felon in the country. Non-violent felons would be able to vote in federal elections only and states that do not change their laws to reflect this would not receive federal prison funds.

Bill: REDEEM Act – S. 675
Subject: Expungement/Sealing of records
Creates a judicial process for adults to seal non-violent criminal records on the federal level. It also creates an automatic expungement of records for non-violent juveniles under the age of 15. It mandates the FBI to update their criminal background check system to ensure that employers receive accurate information. States are incentivized to have substantially similar legislation on the state level or risk losing appropriations for law enforcement agencies.

Bill: Police CAMERAS Act – S. 877
Subject: Body Cameras
This bill redirects funds from the DOJ to fund a body camera grant program. Police Departments can apply for the grant and will have to abide by certain privacy protections in order to comply with the program.