A bill introduced this week by Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) would automatically seal or expunge the records of certain juveniles and limit the use of solitary confinement in juvenile facilities. The REDEEM Act – short for Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment Act of 2014 – is aimed at lowering the employment barriers created by criminal and juvenile records. “Our current system is broken and has trapped tens of thousands of young men and women in a cycle of poverty and incarceration,” said Paul, in a statement announcing the legislation. “Many of these young people could escape this trap if criminal justice were reformed, if records were expunged after time served, and if non-violent crimes did not become a permanent blot preventing employment.”
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