8. He has been a leading voice on the topic of criminal justice reform.
Senator Paul has long spoken about the disparate impacts that the current criminal justice system has on poor and minority Americans. Last year, Paul partnered with Cory Booker (D-NJ) to propose the REDEEM Act, which would lessen criminal burdens on non-violent and juvenile offenders. The legislation would allow for “youthful mistakes” to serve as teaching points rather than life-ruining events. Paul has also spoken in favor of reforming mandatory minimum sentencing and bringing an end to corruption in civil asset forfeiture programs.