January 18, 2016
Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul said Monday he will work beyond just campaigning to bring criminal justice reform to the United States.
The Kentucky senator sat in a local barber’s chair as he spoke of the failings of the war on drugs and listened to patrons who have had difficulties re-integrating into society because of their criminal records. More than 50 people packed into the Platinum Kutz barbershop in the Drake neighborhood in Des Moines to ask Paul questions.
“I’ve been working with the other side for several years now on all of these issues above and beyond the presidential campaign,” Paul said. “I think you’ll find me a different sort of Republican.”
Paul said he has proposed at least 10 criminal justice reform bills, and has worked with the Congressional Black Caucus to form policy. He said he wants to see more records expunged for non-violent criminals who have “done their time” and who “ought to get a second chance.”
Paul questioned Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s stance in Sunday’s debate regarding her husband’s criminal justice reform bill passed in the early 1990s. He said Clinton should say whether she’s sorry for supporting a bill that “put a whole generation of young African-Americans in jail.”