Rand Paul stops in Louisville, promotes criminal justice reform

U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky
Sen. Rand Paul

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)- Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul has ventured into a mostly minority section of Louisville to promote criminal-justice reforms and tax breaks to stimulate job growth in struggling neighborhoods.

The Kentucky senator on Friday toured America’s Finest Filters, a business in western Louisville. The company’s president and CEO, Michael White, said nearly half his 19 employees were previously convicted of felonies. White says he believes in giving people a second chance.

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Paul pitched his efforts to revamp the nation’s drug and sentencing laws. It’s part of his campaign to lure more minority voters to the GOP.

Paul criticized disparities resulting in higher percentages of blacks going to prison for drug offenses.

His proposals include restoring voting rights for some non-violent felons and making it easier for people to expunge criminal records.